Governed by the Singapore Government, the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) is the main legal bureau in Singapore. The bureau covers a range of different services such as providing Legal Advice, Legal Aid and Legal Assistance. LAB handles cases within the Singapore Courts and tribunals where legal representation is permitted. It also covers civil cases such as divorce, custody of children and enforcement of court orders on ancillary matters.
The LAB is a key organization which you would like to contact at:
Location: 45 Maxwell Road, #0711 The URA Centre (East Wing), Singapore 069118
Email: [email protected]
Contact Details: 1800 2255 529
1.1 Legal Aid / Legal Assistance
There will be lawyers available from the Legal Aid Bureau who will be able to provide oral advice on questions you might have as well as some practical steps you may be able to take given your circumstances. They may also be able to help you with the drafting of the required legal documents.
Lower-income families might be eligible for legal aid which will cover areas such as financial issues, divorce proceedings as well as cases of family violence. While legal aid is not free, the total contribution for it generally does not exceed $1000 (this amount varies from case to case). If you are unable to pay the cost in full, there is the option of paying through installments.
1.2 How Do I Get Access to Legal Aid?
The providence of legal aid by the Legal Aid Bureau is facilitated by a legal aid lawyer in civil proceedings concerning Family Law in the Singapore Family Justice Courts (where the cases are heard in the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the District Courts, the Magistrates’ Courts and the Syariah Court) based on the divorce process under the Women’s Charter. In order to qualify for legal aid, you will need to:
A. Be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident residing in Singapore
To apply for legal aid, you will have to personally go down to the Legal Aid Bureau with your identification card in order to register your application.
Do note that if you are under the age of 21, a parent or guardian will have to apply on your behalf.
For couples who wish to find out more about divorce in Singapore, choosing the right divorce lawyer and the costs involved, there are talks hosted by various different organisations in Singapore which covers essential topics in applying for a divorce. The Singapore Council of Women’s Organization (SCWO) often holds such talks for couples to gain a deeper understanding on the divorce procedures in Singapore.
Most, if not all, Singapore divorce legal education websites, especially Huffe, will host an array of divorce articles which will provide you with more insight on the divorce procedure in Singapore and how to deal with it.
The articles generally cover everything that you need to know about divorce in Singapore and what your next step(s) should be.
A legal clinic is a place where you will be able to consult with divorce lawyers for free. It is a place where you will be able to seek free basic legal advice and information from qualified lawyers. On top of that, they will be able to provide you with your legal rights and options, free of charge and at a one-time consultation.
Organisations such as SCWO, Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and the Law Society of Singapore also host free legal clinics for those who are unable to afford a good family lawyer, or are facing a legal issue but have insufficient legal advice and representation.
Community Clubs in Singapore also provide free legal advice and counselling services at specific dates, times and locations. Do make a point to visit your nearest Community Clubs for advice.
On top of free legal clinics, some legal firms in Singapore provide free consultation services for the first 20 minutes for the first session/ first phone call consultation. During the free consultation session, the lawyers will go through the main contentious issues with you as well as any further steps you may be able to take. The first session will also entail future lawyer fees that the firm has based on your circumstances.
Should you wish to reach an agreement on parenting arrangements without going to Court, there is a possibility of using alternative dispute resolutions to reach an agreement. The Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) provides a scheme to help couples going through divorce to resolve complicated and complex issues in a faster and more economical manner.
The SMC has created a Family Matrimonial Mediation Scheme to help resolve any complications and issues that couples may face.
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She has extensive experience in all aspects of Matrimonial Law, including Nullity Proceedings, Contested & Uncontested Divorce and Mediation.
It is Beatrice’s personal endeavour to make sure that her clients get her personal and specialised attention.
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