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 breakdown…

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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 enables a person…

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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 Mediation Advocate (Part 5)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases: Part 5, The Mediation Advocate By PracticeForte co-founder & advisory affiliate Susan Tay Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases: The Mediation Advocate -Part 5 By Susan Tay, Co-Founder of PracticeForte & OTP Law Corporation. This is the 5th part of a series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. You may read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3  and Part 4 here. In these parts, we dealt 1stly 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 and in this…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases – The Lawyer (Part 2)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases : The Lawyer - Part 2 Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. This is the 2nd of a 4-part series on therapeutic justice and how it may be applied in family cases in Singapore. You may read Part 1 here where I wrote about how the essence of Therapeutic Justice for family cases is in the healing. The next 3 parts involve the perspectives and roles of the different players involved and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant and The Counsellor. In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce and the issues arising out of…

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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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“COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act- Navigating Temporary Relief With A Peace Approach: Part 1”

“COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act- Navigating Temporary Relief With A Peace Approach: Part 1” Article by Isabel Chew-Lau, an associate of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporaiton. Introduction The COVID-19 situation has placed Singapore in a dire crisis. It is not just a healthcare crisis. It is an economic crisis that threatens to shut down businesses and in turn the livelihood of thousands of Singaporeans. It is a crisis that Singapore’s leaders have named as “the most serious crisis this country has faced since independence”. Left unchecked, this crisis will no doubt affect cashflows of both businesses and individuals. In anticipation of the economic fallout, the government has sought to introduce a suite of measures.…

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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…

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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…

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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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