Experienced and Accredited Singapore Divorce Lawyer

At WU LLC, we have over 20 years of experience in handling divorces in Singapore. As a family law specialist, we can help you with matters related to division of matrimonial home and matrimonial assets, child custody disputes, maintenance for spouse and children.

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  • Experienced and Accredited

  • Proven Track Record

  • Affordable Legal Fees

  • Confidentiality Assured

  • Emphasis on Client’s Welfare

Female Divorce Lawyer

Ng Pui Khim, Director
WU LLC

Our divorce & family lawyer, Ms Ng Pui Khim is a senior lawyer with over 20 years of experience in handling divorces, division of matrimonial home and matrimonial assets, child custody disputes, maintenance for spouse and children.  At many big law firms, the divorce file gets passed around trainee lawyers and newly-called lawyers. This often results in incompetent handling of the divorce case. Over at WU LLC, the divorce cases are personally handled by the senior lawyer, Ms Ng Pui Khim.

Appointments

  • Accredited Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Accredited Family Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (Family Mediation Scheme)
  • Associate Mediator, Panel of Mediators under Singapore Law Society Mediation Scheme
  • Appointed Court-appointed Volunteer Mediator, Small Claims Tribunal, State Courts of Singapore
  • Facilitator for real estate practice in the annual Singapore Bar Examinations (Part B) conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education for law graduates taking the Bar exams.

Our Divorce Services include:

Child Maintenance

Apply maintenance for your child from the other parent, if he or she neglects or refuses to provide your child with reasonable maintenance.

Spousal Maintenance

Apply for maintenance for yourself from your husband if he neglects or refuses to provide you with reasonable maintenance.

Custody, Care and Control of Children, and Access

Claim for custody, care and control or access of the child if your spouse and you do not have an agreed care arrangement with for the child upon divorce.

Division of Matrimonial Assets

Claim for a fair share of the matrimonial home and matrimonial assets upon divorce.

Variation of existing maintenance orders

Apply for a reduction or increase of monthly maintenance in existing Order of Court when there are material changes in circumstances such as when income has reduced or expenses have increased after the divorce.

Family Mediation

Provide private family mediation services at affordable rates. During such mediation sessions, the family mediator, as a neutral third party, assists the husband and wife to arrive at a voluntary and amicable settlement on divorce and other related issues such as division of matrimonial home and assets, child custody and maintenance.

Separation Agreement

Provide a separation agreement to be signed by the Husband and Wife so as to prepare for an agreed and trouble-free divorce after 3 years of separation.

Nullity Of Marriage

Apply to the Court for a nullity of marriage. After the Court declares the marriage as null and void, the party’s marital status is a single and not a “divorcee”.

Enquire about our divorce services

Step 1: Initial Legal Consultation

Arrange for an appointment at our office and let us listen to your story. We will assess your situation and render you legal advice on how best to proceed.

We will give you an estimate on legal fees and await your instructions before we proceed to prepare the divorce papers.

If you are not certain about the divorce and wish to think it over again, we respect your decision and only charge you a one-time consultation fee.

Step 2: Second Meeting

After reading through the divorce papers personally drafted by our lawyer, you sign the divorce papers first, followed by your spouse signing the consent.

Both the divorce papers and the consent are signed in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths.

Step 3: Collection of Divorce Certificate

You collect the divorce certificate at our office. We will render you advice on compliance of the divorce order of court.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Can I file a divorce on my own?

Technically, yes.

But the question really is:  Do you want to let yourself be further stressed with the procedural rules and paperwork of a divorce suit?

If you file a divorce on your own, you will need to learn about the legal jargon, fill in various forms and take leave from work on many occasions to e-file the papers at a service bureau.

At WU LLC, we can afford to charge a low fixed fee for agreed divorce cases simply because we are experienced and focused in divorce cases. By engaging us to represent you in divorce, you free up your valuable time to focus on your career and taking care of your loved ones.

When is the earliest date that I can file a divorce?

There is a 3 year restriction period. Either the husband or the wife may file for divorce only after 3 years from the date of the registration of the marriage.

In the event the party still wishes to file for divorce within the first 3 years of the marriage, the party must apply for Court’s permission to file a divorce, and satisfy the Court that the party has suffered exceptional hardship or there was exceptional depravity on the part of the spouse.

Does the Singapore Court have jurisdiction to hear your case?

  1. Either the husband or the wife is domiciled in Singapore at the start of the divorce proceedings.
  2. Either the husband or the wife is a habitual resident in Singapore for at least 3 years just before the start of the divorce proceedings.

What is domicile?

Your domicile is the country that you live in and you treat as your permanent home. One is presumed to be domiciled in Singapore if he/she is a Singapore Citizen.

What can be the ground for divorce?

There is only one ground for divorce in Singapore, and it is “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage”. Either the husband or the wife may file for divorce on the ground that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

Any one of the following 5 facts proves an irretrievable breakdown of marriage:

  1. The Defendant has committed adultery and the Plaintiff finds it intolerable to live with the Defendant.
  2. The Defendant has behaved in such a way that the Plaintiff cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Defendant.
  3. The Defendant has deserted the Plaintiff for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the filing of the writ for divorce.
  4. The parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 3 years immediately preceding the filing of the writ for divorce and the Defendant consents to a judgment being granted.
  5. The parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 4 years immediately preceding the filing of the writ for divorce.

What is Custody?

Generally, “Custody” means the right to make major decisions for the child in the following three(3) areas:

  1. Medical issues.
  2. Educational issues.
  3. Religious issues.

The Court may make an order for one parent to be granted sole custody or for both parents to be granted joint custody.

Save for exceptional circumstances, it is noted that the general trend is for the Court grant joint custody of the child to both parents.

How are matrimonial assets divided by the Court?

The Court has the power when granting a judgment of divorce, to order the division or sale of matrimonial assets to the parties in such proportions as the Court thinks just and equitable.  In this respect the term “equitable” means fair or reasonable, it does not necessarily mean equal.

The Court will take into account the direct financial contributions by both parties to the matrimonial assets as well as the indirect contributions (e.g. looking after the children, working for the family business, doing the housework, paying for the household expenses).

What are matrimonial assets?

Matrimonial assets means:

  1. any asset acquired during marriage by one or both parties. Examples of such matrimonial assets include property, bank account savings, shares, CPF monies, family car etc.
  2. any asset acquired before the marriage by one party or both parties which are ordinarily used or enjoyed by both parties or child while the parties are residing together for shelter or transportation or for household, education, recreational, social or aesthetic purposes, or which are substantially improved during the marriage by the other party or both parties to the marriage.

It is interesting to note that any asset acquired at any time by gift or inheritance is not matrimonial asset, unless it was substantially improved during the marriage by the other party or both parties to the marriage.

The Court is also empowered upon divorce, to order the transfer of a fixed sum of CPF monies from one party’s CPF account to the other party’s CPF account.

What is relevant for the Court to consider prior to division of matrimonial assets?

In order to get an idea of what the matrimonial assets are and the extent of each party’s direct and indirect contributions to the assets, parties may be asked the following questions:

  • What are your assets in sole names and joint names?
  • What is the value of each of your assets?
  • What are your direct financial contributions to each asset?
  • What are your indirect contributions to each asset?
  • If your matrimonial assets include a HDB flat, have you checked with HDB on whether there are any restrictions as to how and when the flat can be disposed of (by way of sale or whether it may be transferred to the other party etc.)
  • How much is the refund to your CPF account and to other party’s CPF account that must be made if the asset is sold?
  • How much is the outstanding mortgage?

CPF Rules concerning division of matrimonial assets

Due to recent changes in CPF Rules, the Court is empowered upon divorce to order the transfer of the property from both parties to the sole name of the remaining party, with no CPF refunds or with just partial CPF refunds to the outgoing party.

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Family Mediation

Understanding Family Mediation

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Nullity Marriage

Nullity of Marriage

“Single” instead of “Divorcee” Any husband or wife may file a claim for judgment of nullity asking for the Court to declare the marriage to be made null and void. The party’s marital status after nullity of marriage has been granted, is that of a “single” and not a “divorcee”. A marriage may be void
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Maintenance of Child and Spouse in a Divorce

Maintenance of Child It is the duty of a parent to maintain or contribute to the maintenance of his or her child, whether or not the child is living with the parent, with such accommodation, clothing, food and education as may be reasonable. This responsibility continues even after a divorce. In assessing maintenance, the Court
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What is Care and Control?

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Mandatory Parenting Programme

What is the Mandatory Parenting Programme? The Mandatory Parenting Programme is a one-to-one consultation session for parents with children below 14 years old, before they file for divorce.  It is compulsory for persons who want to file a divorce, but cannot agree with their spouses on the matters relating to divorce and care arrangements for
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Need Help With Your Divorce?

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