Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases –Part 1

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases –Part 1 Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. This is the 1st of a 4 part series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. In the other 3 instalments, we will explore the role of different players in the administration of therapeutic justice, namely, The Lawyer, The Counsellor and The Accountant. In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce and the issues arising out of a divorce i.e. property division, financial support and importantly, children’s matters including custody, care and control, access. Heal Us Not Kill Us If I…

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Working from Home – 5 Doable Steps to Protecting Confidential Data

Working from Home - 5 Doable Steps to Protecting Confidential Data Article is written by Chloe Chua, an incoming trainee of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published on OTP Law Corporation's website. Working from home is now part of a new normal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we adjust to this change in environment, it is important that we consider how best to ensure the privacy of confidential work data. Section 24 of the Privacy and Data Protection Act in Singapore requires an organisation to make reasonable security arrangements to protect personal data in its possession or under its control in order to prevent unauthorised access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, disposal or similar risks.…

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Managing your children well during the “circuit -breaker” period.

MANAGING YOUR CHILDREN WELL DURING THE "CIRCUIT-BREAKER" PERIOD Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Abigail LeeThis article was first published by Healing Hearts Centre Home-based learning, telecommuting to work, followed by the first circuit breaker and then an extended circuit breaker, no dining-in at coffee shops or in restaurants could have added to the list of frustrations for you as a parent. Maybe even before the announcement of the circuit breaker extension, you might have been at your wit’s end thinking of ways to remain positive, keep your spirit up and to make things work for your children and yourself during this period of time. Here are some thoughts and ideas to consider both for your children and yourself not just…

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Covid, Co-Parenting? Just Cooperate

COVID, CO-PARENTING? JUST COOPERATE. Article by Susan TayThis article was first published by OTP Law Corporation Disclaimer: This article is for parents who love their children, protect them and want what’s best for them. Not the rare few where the law has been unequivocal in saying children are not safe with.Is It Really Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?Circuit breaker, 4 weeks, (and may be counting; for which we can only hope for the best but wisely expect the worst), the prospect of no physical contact with your child/children. That can be rather heart breaking for most parents. But ask the parents, will they rather suffer not holding their child or put their child’s safety at risk and…

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PF Mediate – MEDIATION FOR HAGUE CONVENTION & RELOCATION CASES PART 2 – Travelling Mediators

PF Mediate – MEDIATION FOR HAGUE CONVENTION & RELOCATION CASES PART 2 – Travelling Mediators This article is written by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay (Mediator, Collaborative Practice Lawyer, Parenting Co-Odinator) I am writing this while serving self-quarantine and working off site. Mylene and I were away in Thailand when we were suddenly told to “grab the 1st flight out and come home” if we want to avoid the mandatory 14 day stay home notice. We were due back 2 days later but heeded all the advice, cancelled our return flight, booked 1st and only flight out of Bangkok the next morning and flew back. That was last week.I have been working away from office. I haven’t seen my colleagues or mum…

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Collaborative Divorce

collaborative divorce This article is written by Rajan Chettiar (an affiliate of PracticeForte Advisory) and was first published the Asian Journal on Mediation. This article explores the use of collaborative practice as opposed to litigation to help divorcing couples to reach an out of court settlement. It discusses how a collaborative divorce would work and the roles of the people involved in the process. The article then makes a comparison between collaborative practice, mediation, and litigation in the context of divorce proceedings. By assessing the advantages and disadvantages of a collaborative divorce, this article makes a case for collaborative divorces. The article then examines the experiences of the US, Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong and discusses how collaborative practice can…

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Are Parents Always Liable for Their Children’s Maintenance?

Are parents always liable for their children's maintenance? This article was written by Eric Lip and Emelia Kwa, associates at OTP Law Corporation. Both passages below are a fictional re-telling of the facts of the case, to provide each party’s possible perspectives. UYT v UYU - Are parents always liable for their children’s maintenance?A son’s thoughts My parents divorced when I was 8 years old. Back then, they had decided that my dad wouldn’t have to support me financially. For the rest of my life, my mum was the one who single-handedly raised me and supported me, without any help from my dad. Over the years, my dad began life anew and remarried. I now have two step-brothers. My dad…

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A Thankful Attendee of the Cross-Border Mediation Masterclass

A Thankful Attendee of the Cross-Border Mediation Masterclass This article is written by Chloe Chua Kay Ee - National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law On 16 October 2019, a couple of friends and I attended the Cross-Border Mediation Masterclass jointly organised by PracticeForte, ALSA Singapore and SMU Law International Relations Club. As final year law students who are keen on going into family law, this 4-hour workshop was deeply enriching and beneficial to us. Furthermore, it managed to be what most typical law classes have failed to be, it was fun! The Masterclass could be broadly categorised into 2 categories – the seminars, which equipped us with the fundamentals of cross-border mediation and gave us insight into practical experiences,…

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Recognition of Foreign Divorce In The Philippines: What You Need To Know

RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN DIVORCE IN THE PHILIPPINES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW This article is written by PracticeForte foreign affiliate member Apolinario L. Caymo II Many Filipinos divorced abroad make the mistake of remarrying without first going through the formalities required by Philippine law. While a divorce abroad dissolves that marriage in that country, this does not mean that the Filipino/Filipina divorcee automatically has the right to marry again under Philippine law. To avoid future inconveniences for divorced Philippine citizens, LEGAL One tackles the most common questions about judicial recognition of foreign divorce decrees. 1. Q: I am a Philippine citizen who obtained a divorce decree in a foreign country. Can I now legally marry under Philippine law? A: No.…

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Adopting the peace approach to avoid unnecessary litigation: The Case of Goh Rosaline v Goh Lian Chyu and another

Adopting the peace approach to avoid litigation: the case of Goh Rosaline v Goh Lian Chyu and another This article is a follow-up to our previous article on the Peace Approach and Children,. This was written by Nur Shukrina Bte Abdul Salam, an intern of OTP Law Corporation. Apart from helping children go through the divorce process and reducing acrimony, the peace approach also reduces unnecessary litigation. This is done by diverting conflicts that can be settled through alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) to the relevant channels. Courts can thus allocate their resources more efficiently and avoid being treated as a “boxing ring”, i.e. a place where sort out small differences between them whenever they wish. In our view, one such…

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