Start Anew, Start Afresh!

Start Anew, Start Afresh! Special Feature By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Abigail Leee The year starts, the year ends. You always have that one or two items that you have told yourself that you would definitely need to keep to this for this particular New Year, but when the end of the year comes, you find yourself beating yourself up with yet another year of unaccomplished resolutions.It always seems to happen, does it not? So how can we make resolutions so that they can be kept and at the same time be able to deal with the festive period stresses that seek to undo the success of resolution fulfillment?Here are some pointers:Be Realistic in ExpectationsWhen setting New Year resolutions or goals,…

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Portrait of the Old Timer – The Not-So-Private-Nor-Secret Life of a Sole Proprietor of a Singapore Law Practice 1990-2018 (with 2-year hiatus 2005-2007)

Portrait of the Old Timer - The Not-So-Private-Nor-Secret Life of a Sole Proprietor of a Singapore Law Practice 1990-2018 (with 2-year hiatus 2005-2007) Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ong Ying Ping of Ong Ying Ping Esquire As my late pupil master said, you can complain all you like about how exacting and demanding – even unforgiving – legal practice can be, but litigation practice is never described as “boring”.I started practice thinking like a lay person – that lawyers rejoice more in finding loopholes than upholding principles. I am surprised to have met more people who champion substantive justice than I expected.My first experience of substantive justice was a trial in which my client succeeded in showing dishonesty perpetrated by…

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PracticeForte 3rd Anniversary

“Displacement, Distress, Disputes: A Bag Perspective” 5 August, 2018 PracticeForte dedicates our 3rd Anniversary Celebration to Building Peace, Building Expertise. Established in the spirit of collaboration, we aim to channel our efforts and expertise towards peace building. This year marks the 3rd year we strive towards this goal.In conjunction with our 3rd anniversary, and as part of our twin pillar focus of “Building Peace, Building Expertise”, PracticeForte Pte Ltd aims to make a difference to the lives of today’s foreign domestic workers by bringing awareness to mediation as a peaceful way of addressing disputes between foreign domestic workers (FDWs) and employers in Singapore.  On the 5th of August, 2018 with the support of the Chinatown Heritage Centre and Foreign Domestic…

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Mediation for *Hague and Relocation Cases

Adopting the peace approach for the interest of the child Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation Singapore has picked up a reputation as a metropolitan, expat-friendly city. In fact, 1 in 3 marriages in Singapore now involve at least one foreigner. No doubt this is a boon for multiculturalism. But when it comes to family disputes that involve children, a cross-border marriage could complicate matters. A breakdown of a cross-border marriage makes it much more likely that one parent wants to leave the country with the children. After all, foreign parents usually maintain a connection with their home countries which they gravitate when things take a turn for the worse. If the child has…

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On the Move – Parental Relocation in Singapore

On The Move Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Firm Rajan Chettiar LLC I.                    Introduction With the advent of globalization, the number of cross-border marriages is on the rise. Singapore, in particular, is a typical destination country for cross-border marriages in Asia, with the proportion of marriages between a Singapore and a non-citizen spouse rising from 32.8% to 38.7% during the 1998-2008 period.[1] Correspondingly, the modern Singaporean family is more likely to be the product of a cross-border marriage, the breakdown of which would potential raise complex cross-border issues, such as applications for relocation. After divorce, a parent may want to bring his/her children overseas in search of a new life, or to dive back into the familiar comfort and support…

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PracticeForte Day Out – FAST

PracticeForte Day Out - Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) Article By: Pamela Lun & Cheryl Lim  Stepping into the premises of the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) is like stepping into a never-ending party. Music boomed throughout the premises as a talent competition was being organized for the afternoon. Groups of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) formed dance groups and grooved to the latest beats, while 1 or 2 daring individuals showed off their vocals with Adele and Celine Dion classics.  Off the stage, FDWs were gathered in groups chit-chatting, gymming or going for the free enrichment classes held within FAST. It is not difficult to see why so many FDWs…

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Third Party’s Interest In Matrimonial Assets: The Case of UDA v UDB

Third Party's Interest In Matrimonial Assets: The Case of UDA v UDB This article is written by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation with kind contributions and assistance from PracticeForte Advisory Affiliates Ms. Shirley Tay and Ms. Isabel Chew-Lau. Can the Family Justice Courts (FJC) divide a property in another’s name as if it is a matrimonial asset in a divorce?On 24 April 2018, 5 of our Apex Court’s judges sat in the case of UDA v UDB and another to make the ruling that is to determine proceedings relating to ownership disputes over third parties’ interests in alleged matrimonial assets and/or properties.There are two situations in particular:Where a spouse holds an asset in his name,…

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The Split After The Split – Part 1

The Split After The Split - Part 1 Article By: PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation This is the first of 2 articles to help explain how our courts distribute matrimonial assets fairly and equitably after a marriage ends. Part 1 focuses on dual income families where both spouses worked during the marriage and contributed financially to the acquisition of their matrimonial assets.We cannot deal with this subject without dwelling into the 2015 court of appeal case of ANJ v ANK [2015] SGCA 34. In ANJ, the couple who were married for 9 years, both worked and contributed financially toward the acquisitions of their matrimonial assets. They had 2 young children, 12 & 8.This case seals our apex court’s…

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Same Sex Marriage & Their Rights

The Voices of Wan and Her Wife Elodie Article By: Wan Cheng & Elodie Wan Cheng (“Wan”) and Elodie are a bi-national couple who had met through their love of sports. Elodie who’s French, worked in Indonesia for 3 years before a new work assignment brought her back to Paris.Although it was already possible for same-sex couples to be “PAC-sed” (pacte civil de solidarité or civil solidarity pact) in France since 1999, the legalization of same-sex marriage in France in 2013 and the timing of Elodie’s new job assignment accelerated Wan’s decision to quit the teaching service and move away from Singapore to build her life together with Elodie in Paris where they both have been living now for the past 4…

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An Interview With PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation on Practice, Pupillage & Pro Bono

An Interview with PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay On Practice, Pulillage and Pro Bono. An Interview With PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Ms. Susan Tay by Emelia Kwa. Q: You have accumulated over a decade’s worth of experience in matrimonial litigation. What motivated you to delve into such a specialised field of practice, and did you ever consider practicing corporate law instead?A: I actually started doing matrimonial litigation by chance. My very first litigation case after I became my own boss was a matrimonial case. It started when a friend of a friend approached me for help in her divorce. After that I realised that it was rewarding in a way other cases are not – you’re helping someone in something that’s…

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