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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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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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: The Mediation Advocate(Part 5) By Susan Tay, Co-Founder of PracticeForte & Founder of 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 article, The Mediation Advocate.Family cases will be restricted to divorces and the issues arising out of a divorce. These issues…

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Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases –The Mediator (Part 4)

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases :The Mediator (Part 4) By Susan Tay, Co-Founder of PracticeForte and Founder of OTP Law CorporationThis is the 4th 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 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 involved and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant and in this article, The Mediator.In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorces and the issues arising out of a divorce…

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

Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases : The Lawyer (Part 2 ) By Susan Tay, Co-Founder of PracticeForte and Founder of OTP Law Corporation. This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation.This is the 2nd part of a 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 5 parts involve the perspectives and roles of the different players involved and they are namely, The Lawyer, The Accountant, The Mediator, The Mediation Advocate, The Neutral Evaluator  and The Counsellor.In the context of these articles, family cases will be restricted to divorce…

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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 part of a 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 Accountant, The Mediator, The Mediation Advocate, The Neutral Evaluator & The Counsellor.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…

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Covid, Co-Parenting? Just Cooperate

COVID, CO-PARENTING? JUST COOPERATE. Article by Susan Tay This 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…

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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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