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 & 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…

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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 my money, earned solely…

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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 UZN v…

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The Life Cycle Of A Start-Up: From Cradle To Grave (Part 1)

The Life Cycle Of A Start-Up: From Cradle To Grave (Part 1) Article by: Lim Seng Siew of OTP Law Corporation This articles was first published on www.otp.sg The Start-up and the LawyerThe life journey of a start-up is fraught with much uncertainties. Where is the next round of funding coming from? How do I make sure that I am complying with the law when I employ my first employees? Is the area of business that I want to get into regulated? Am I fair to my new investors without being unfair to my employees and my initial investors? In a series of articles, we hope to help you answer some of these and other questions. As a start-up, we understand that cash is often…

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Numbers Tell The Story: Therapeutic Justice in Family Cases – The Accountant (Part 3)

“Therapeutic Justice In Family Cases : Forensic Accountants– Part 3” Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Shirley Tay of 10.10 Consultants Pte Ltd. Law, divorce, litigation, suits --- nobody would ever consider these circumstances ‘therapeutic’. These terms are more likely to induce stress, anger, fights, arguments, disputes and many other negative emotions. So how did the concept of Therapeutic Jurisprudence [or “TJ”] come to be, what role does therapy play in the judiciary, and how can accountants adopt TJ in their work? TJ takes into account the emotional and psychological impact the law has on parties involved. At its core, TJ offers an interdisciplinary, non-adversarial approach, using law as a potential therapeutic agent, where a team of key players come together…

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“No one is Above The Law- Probation Sentencing Guidelines in the Case of PP v Terence Siow Kai Yuan”

Article by Emelia Kwa, an associate of OTP Law Corporation.  This article was first published by OTP Law Corporation. When the initial judgment of PP v Terence Siow Kai Yuan [2019] SGMC 69 was released, the case took Singapore’s social media by storm.In case you needed an introduction, the case involved a 22-year-old undergraduate who outraged the modesty of his victim while on the MRT. He was sentenced to 21 months of supervised probation, subject to a number of conditions: 1) remaining indoors from 11pm to 6am, 2) performing 150 hours of community service, 3) attending an offence-specific treatment programme and 4) his parents were to execute a $5,000 bond to ensure his good behaviour during probation.Singaporeans were up in arms,…

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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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An interview with PF’s Co-Founder Susan Tay

Interview with PF's co-founder Susan Tay who is a Director at OTP Law Corporation This article was first published by PracticeForte advisory affiliate OTP Law Corporation. "It’s been 3 years since I conducted an interview with Ms Susan Tay on practice, pupilage (or TCs), and pro bono. Since then, I’ve joined OTP Law Corporation as a trainee and now, an associate. This interview looks at the changes since then, and our reflections". On Training EK: OTP Law Corporation went from having 1 trainee last year to having 3 this year. What was one lesson (or two) that you’ve learnt from having to mentor 3 trainees at one go? ST: I think it is like having 1 child as opposed to…

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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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