My Story As A New Mum & Young Lawyer

My STORY AS A NEW MUM & YOUNG LAWYER: PART ONE By Isabel Chew-Lau of OTP Law Corporation, an affiliate of PracticeForte advisory Part One: My pregnancy and birth journeyI was not ready to be a mum when my husband and I got married in November 2020.We were only 26. Most of my friends in law school were still unmarried; in fact, my close friends were mostly single. We were living with my in laws, since our BTO flat was still being built and key collection had just been pushed back given COVID. We wanted time as a newly-married couple; we hadn’t been able to plan a proper honeymoon because of COVID-19. In fact, I only took 3 days off…

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The Biased Mediator

"The Biased Mediator" By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Christian von Baumbach (this article was first published in E-Mediation Magazine) Mediators are 100% impartial! They are not passive observers of a conflict, of course, but actively support all parties equally to express their views and needs and come to solutions that are in their best interest. Most definitions of mediation emphasize the role of the mediator as a neutral or impartial third party. Impartiality is a key principle of mediation. But is this really true? Probably not, at least not 100%. Biases are a natural, and to some extent unavoidable, part of human nature. Our biases help us to navigate through our daily lives without having to think too much about every…

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Key Amendments to the Women’s Charter – Part 2 Enforcement of Orders Relating to Children and Other Amendments –

Key Amendments to the Women’s Charter – Part 2 Enforcement of Orders Relating to Children and Other Amendments- This article is written by Nur Shukrina Bte Abdul Salam, trainee at OTP Law Corporation This article is Part 2 of an article on the Key Amendments to the Women Charter. You can read Part 1 here. III. Enforcement of Custody Orders and Child Access OrdersPost-divorce, parties may encounter problems relating to custody, care and control, and child access. Since the Circuit Breaker in Singapore, some parents who were granted access to their children realised that their spouses who were granted care and control, had used the pandemic as an excuse to block access.As a result, one parent may not be able to…

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Key Amendments to the Women’s Charter – Part 1 Divorce By Mutual Agreement-and Related Amendments

Key Amendments to the Women’s Charter – Part 1 Divorce By Mutual Agreement-and Related Amendments By Nur Shukrina Bte Abdul Salam, Trainee at OTP Law Corporation (PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate) The latest amendments to the Women’s Charter and other programs supporting families, were motivated by the government’s “priority to save marriages where possible”. However, where divorce is inevitable, the priority is to have “therapeutic justice and child-centricity be fostered and brought to the fore to reduce acrimony, bring about healing, and allow divorcees and their children to move on.”But, what is “therapeutic justice”, and how do the recent changes relate to it?Therapeutic JusticeAccording to the court in VDZ v VEA [2020] SGCA 75:Therapeutic Justice is a lens of ‘care’.As early as…

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Pros & Cons of Online Mediation (Part 2)

pros & cons of online mediation (part 2) By PracticeForte advisory affiliates Christian von Baumbach in collaboration with Susan Tay Pros of Online Mediation If you are reading this article, then you are likely already a believer of mediation. Perhaps you have heard enough good things about mediation to want to understand more?Nonetheless, it is still worthwhile to laud mediation. It is after all, THE modern, flexible, and effective process for solving disputes and making joint decisions in important matters. Through mediation, family members, colleagues, business partners – basically everybody who has an interest in respectful cooperative relationships - can potentially have meaningful discussions, gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives and regain mutual trust. The goal of each…

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Therapeutic Justice In Family Cases: The Psychologist, Part 7

Therapeutic justice in family cases: The psychologist, part 7 Article By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Sylvia Tan Psychologists are mostly trained in assessment and treatment of mental health issues. We undergo four years of undergrad training, two years of post-graduate studies and specialist clinical supervision before we can be registered with a registration board. Psychologists generally end up working in the hospitals, government services or schools, working with individuals with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, etc., through talk-therapy, using evidence-based therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). While mental health treatment is usually what psychologists specialize in, some choose to work in the psycho-legal field of family law i.e. working with families undergoing divorce. This is because family…

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Body and Mind In Conflicts

Body and mind in conflict Article by PracticeForte Afrfiliate Christian von Baumbach In conflicts, as in all aspects of human life, there is a close connection between body and mind. A fight is never solely physical or mental, it is always both. The Japanese martial art of aikido allows us to observe conflicts from an interesting perspective. The fundamental principles are learned and experienced through physical training, but the goal is the transformation and development of the mind. In this article let us look at some principles of Aikido and think about what we can learn from these for dealing with conflicts in general. The focus of aikido is not to defeat one’s opponent, but to defeat oneself. Consistent practice…

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Therapeutic Resolution Outside the Courts Pre-Writ PART 1

Therapeutic Resolution Outside the Courts, Pre-Writ PART 1 This article is a collaborative effort between family lawyer Ms Susan Tay, and psychologist Ms Sylvia Tan. This article is a collaborative effort between family lawyer Ms Susan Tay, and psychologist Ms Sylvia Tan. We are writing about yet another collaborative initiative we call PF Restructure. You can read more about this at this link.This article focuses on cases before the Family Justice Courts. Pre-writ means before one files the writ for divorce.  This article stresses why resolution is best done outside the courts especially even before you file your writ for divorce. Introduction – By Ms Susan Tay I was reading one of Stephen Walker’s writing when I came across this question…

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Therapeutic Justice In Family Cases: The Neutral Evaluator, Part 6

Therapeutic Justice In Family Cases: The Neutral Evaluator (Part 6) By Susan Tay, Founding Partner of OTP Law Corporation & Co-Founder of PracticeForte Pte Ltd.  This article was first published on OTP Law Corporation's website:This is the 6th part of a series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. You may read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 here, Part 4 here and Part 5 here.In these parts, we dealt firstly with how the essence of Therapeutic Justice for family cases is in the healing. The next parts involve the perspectives and roles of the different players and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant, The Mediator, The Mediation Advocate and in this…

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The Road to Second Parent Adoption – Aided by the EU-ASEAN Connect

The Road to Second Parent Adoption – aided by the EU-ASEAN Connect By Wan Cheng Chan All families are different.  Unfortunately, not all families are equal. When Elo and I met more than 9 years ago, we fell in love. Just like any other couple, we had dreams of starting a family one day and growing old together. As two women from two different countries, we knew that our chosen life journey was not going to be easy.  After fighting for our families to accept us, jumping through administrative hurdles to secure our marital and legal status, we were finally ready to have a child together. However, if there was one thing that we had not expected on this journey…

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