Marriage involving a Singaporean and a foreigner less likely to last?

Data released by the Ministry for Social and Family Development shows that among marriages registered in Singapore in 2009, 7.9% of those involving a Singaporean and a non-resident ended before the 5th year. This is higher than the 6.4% for “resident marriages”. See: Theresa Tan, “Marriage to foreigner less likely to last”, The Straits Times, … Read more

What Makes a Good Divorce Lawyer?

  It was reported that Laura Wesser, famous for defending Johnny Depp and representing Megan Fox, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Stevie Wonder and Kim Kardashian, is representing Angelina Jolie in her divorce against Brad Pitt. Wasser reportedly charges US$850 an hour and demands a retainer fee (deposit) of US$25,000 to take on a case. Wasser’s … Read more

Dead Man’s CPF Savings Goes to Siblings Instead of Foreign Bride

The case of Mr. Soon Chwee Guan was reported in The Straits Times in September 2016 (Jalelah Abu Baker, “Dead man’s CPF savings of over $170,000 will go to siblings instead of China bride”, The Straits Times, 8 September 2016). Under the law in Singapore, should a person pass away without leaving a Will, his/ … Read more

Private Mediation for Those With Property Disputes over $3 million in Value

In his opening remarks at the International Family Law Conference 2016, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon announced that parties going through a divorce will attend private mediation if there is a “contested property dispute over $3 million in value”. See: Seow Bei Yi, “Countries should work together on family justice: CJ”, The Straits Times, 30 September … Read more

Signs Showing That The Marriage Might Be Over

One of my first questions to potential divorce clients is: “Can the marriage be saved?” As the saying goes, it takes “both hands to clap”. If one or both parties refuse to work on saving the marriage, the marriage can never be saved. Further, husband and wife should put in joint effort to resolve their … Read more

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