Divorce may seem like a complicated, tiresome journey fraught with legalities, especially when you are overwhelmed with the distress and pain that comes with a split with your spouse. This all-encompassing guide will help you ease your apprehension of what lies ahead.

 

You should definitely engage a divorce lawyer to handle your legal case. A good divorce lawyer would help to reduce your anxiety and frustration greatly by dealing with the divorce paperwork as well as providing with strategic legal advice, allowing you to quickly move on from your divorce.

 

 

Our 6-Step Divorce Lawyer Guide provides you with a clear understanding on the reasons why and how you can choose a divorce lawyer effectively to assist you with the complex procedures to suit your immediate needs.

 

In enabling you to better understand the types of lawyers, we have segregated into four broad categories namely Top Divorce Lawyer, Best Divorce Lawyer, Good Divorce Lawyer and Cheap Divorce Lawyer in terms of lawyers’ years of experience, reputation value and cost wise needed for their complexity of your divorce case. You should always choose a family law lawyer whom you can work and communicate with easily to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

 

 

Before engaging a divorce lawyer you should first review our Pre Divorce Checklist to find out how you can salvage your relationship with your spouse. Among the list of common reasons for divorce, recognise and understand the current problems you and your spouse are facing and evaluate all other choices before getting a divorce.

 

Effort is needed to maintain any relationship, not least a marriage that is breaking down. Take time to address your own fears and limiting beliefs. Improve your marriage relationship by communicating better and taking action. Also, rather than harping on the problems, find solutions.

 

Despite your best efforts, your marriage may still break down. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a dysfunctional marriage, particularly if your spouse cheats or your spouse is abusive. This might bring you a sense of relief as you would be free to start a new life.

 

You should consult a marriage counsellor to explore the emotional, social and financial impact a divorce will have on you and your children. This will allow you to be prepared for the complex divorce procedures or otherwise explore other alternatives.

 

Do not hesitate to approach social welfare organisations such as the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) in finding out the specific support programs and resources they offer.

 

2. Before Filling for Divorce

  

 

Before filing for divorce, you may want to consider its legal alternatives: Annulment and Separation. This is especially relevant if you are married for less than 3 years. The sole Ground for Divorce in Singapore is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, and there are five facts the Plaintiff can seek to prove to ask the Courts to award a divorce: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, three years’ separation with consent and four years’ separation without consent.

 

Most spouses’ major concern before they commence divorce proceedings is the cost of the entire divorce proceedings. This depends on the type of family lawyer you choose to engage to represent your interest. You would do well to conduct research to source for the best divorce lawyer to suit your particular needs.

 

 

The three types of divorce are Civil Divorce, Muslim Divorce and Expat Divorce. Generally, divorces can proceed as an Uncontested Divorce or a Contested Divorce and in two stages.

 

The first stage of proceedings is to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the Family Courts to grant a divorce. The second stage is when ancillary issues are dealt with and resolved. These include division of matrimonial asset, divorce maintenance, access, care and control, and custody of children. Successful settlement of ancillary matters will lead to the Family Court granting the Final Judgment, which signals the end of the divorce process.

 

Much of the legislation governing divorce is contained in the Women’s Charter. Muslims Marriages are governed by the Administration of Muslim Law Act. However, Muslim ex-spouses can choose to have their ancillary matters heard in the Family Justice Courts under the civil system.

 

4. Post Divorce

  

Divorce has adverse physical, mental and psychological effects on divorcees. It is common to be prone to negative feelings, emotions and low self-esteem and be faced with social stigma, these effects should be addressed promptly.

  

Despite the challenges you may face, you need not be disheartened as there is professional help available in divorce counselling services in Singapore. Divorce counsellors can assist you in getting over the trauma of divorce and even prepare you for the pursuit of future relationships.

  

Aside from emotion hurt, it can also severely impact your children (if you have any), and your career and finances. These aspects should be an integral part of your consideration in getting a divorce; it would do you good to be well-equipped in facing these practical issues in your life.
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