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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MACO -Lawyering as a Service (LaaS)?

MACO - Lawyering as a Service (LaaS)? Article By Lim Seng Siew This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. The lawyer of yesteryears is trained to analyse a legal problem with a client and to come up with the best possible solution in the circumstances. Yes, there will be constraints of time and resources and the solution takes these into consideration. Because lawyering of the yesteryears is effort-intensive, it is expensive. That age of expensive lawyering is coming to an end for most legal situations. Sure, the top-end of legal work will still require such in-depth analysis. But for most consumers of legal services, this will be an overkill. “80% is good enough” I am told. The End…

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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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The Life Cycle of A Start-Up: From Cradle to Grave (Part 2)

the life cycle of a start-up: from cradle to grave (part 2) By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Lim Seng Siew, Director of OTP Law Corporation In the first part of this series of articles we had discussed the birth of a start-up.  In this second part, we discuss the next steps in the growth of a start-up.This article was first published on www.otp.sg Taking the First Baby StepsSo you have incorporated your start-up. The founders’ equity has been sorted out. Funds have been raised from family and friends. What next?You need to engage external contractors and hire employees. Dealing with employees first.EmployeesAn employment letter is actually a contract in letter form between the start-up and the employee. In fact Singapore’s Employment Act…

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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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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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UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference– A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 2

UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference– A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 2 By Susan Tay of OTP Law Corporation This is part 2 of my article on the case of UZN v UZM. In Part 1 of my article here, I gave some background on the rationale behind dividing matrimonial assets. You can read the one from the perspective of a forensic accountant, Wan Yew Fai of Strix Strategies Pte Ltd, here. Both Wan Yew Fai and I are part of PracticeForte Advisory, a multi-disciplinary grouping of professionals. We often work as a team in matrimonial cases especially when the matrimonial estate comprises of more complex portfolios like shares, equity in companies, real estates in different countries…

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UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference: A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 1 Rationale Behind Division of Matrimonial Assets

UZN v UZM – Dissipation of Assets and Adverse Inference: A Lawyer’s Perspective Part 1 Rationale Behind Division of Matrimonial Assets By PracticeForte co-founder Susan Tay This is my article on the case of UZN v UZM. You can read the one from the perspective of a forensic accountant, Wan Yew Fai of Strix Strategies Pte Ltd, here. In this article, I will share my perspective as a lawyer. Before I start on the case proper, I think some background on the rationale of dividing matrimonial assets may be useful. Why Should I Split My Assets with The One I Am Going to Divorce? I often hear this from clients, whether husband or wife: it is not fair, this is…

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UZN vs UZM: Undisclosed Assets and Adverse Inference- A Forensic Accountant’s Perspective

UZN vs UZM: Undisclosed Assets and Adverse Inference- A Forensic Accountant’s Perspective Article By PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Wan Yew Fai, CA (Singapore), CPA (Australia), B. Acc (Singapore) In matrimonial cases, it is not uncommon that one spouse will hide assets from the other spouse, especially when the marriage is on the rocks. If this were a corporate or commercial case, that would likely have been classified as “cheating” and be deemed a criminal act. Between a husband and wife however, the recourse for the party being deprived of these hidden assets is adverse inference. In this article, I will share my analysis of how the High Court and subsequently the Court of Appeal applied adverse inference in the case of…

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