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“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 to assist…

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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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Recognition of Foreign Divorce In The Philippines: What You Need To Know

RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN DIVORCE IN THE PHILIPPINES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW This article is written by PracticeForte foreign affiliate member Apolinario L. Caymo II Many Filipinos divorced abroad make the mistake of remarrying without first going through the formalities required by Philippine law. While a divorce abroad dissolves that marriage in that country, this does not mean that the Filipino/Filipina divorcee automatically has the right to marry again under Philippine law. To avoid future inconveniences for divorced Philippine citizens, LEGAL One tackles the most common questions about judicial recognition of foreign divorce decrees. 1. Q: I am a Philippine citizen who obtained a divorce decree in a foreign country. Can I now legally marry under Philippine law? A: No.…

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Adopting the peace approach to avoid unnecessary litigation: The Case of Goh Rosaline v Goh Lian Chyu and another

Adopting the peace approach to avoid litigation: the case of Goh Rosaline v Goh Lian Chyu and another This article is a follow-up to our previous article on the Peace Approach and Children,. This was written by Nur Shukrina Bte Abdul Salam, an intern of OTP Law Corporation. Apart from helping children go through the divorce process and reducing acrimony, the peace approach also reduces unnecessary litigation. This is done by diverting conflicts that can be settled through alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) to the relevant channels. Courts can thus allocate their resources more efficiently and avoid being treated as a “boxing ring”, i.e. a place where sort out small differences between them whenever they wish. In our view, one such…

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Adopting the Peace Approach in the interest of the Child

Adopting the peace approach for the interest of the child This article is written by Nur Shukrina Bte Abdul Salam, an intern of OTP Law Corporation and Emelia Kwa, an associate of OTP Law Corporation When families go through disputes, be it over a divorce matter, an inheritance matter, or any other family-related conflict, it can get very acrimonious due to the personal nature of the issues. This is especially so when parties are involved in litigation, where parties perceive there to be a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’. Consequently, parties go on the offensive to protect themselves. It is an incredibly stressful process that takes a toll on everyone involved, with little or no hope of peace between them, even…

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Litigation & Mediation: The Hybrid Method

litigation & mediation: the hybrid method This article is a follow-up to our series on the different ways divorce can be settled. This article was written by Daryl Er, an intern of OTP Law Corporation and Emelia Kwa, a trainee at OTP Law Corporation. The hybrid method refers to instances where litigation and mediation are used as two parallel tracks to resolve divorces. Here, lawyers are engaged for not only the litigation track but also to represent parties as their mediation advocates in mediation.At present, this hybrid method is already being used where parties have children below 21 years old. This is since after such parties have filed for divorce, they are required to go for mediation at the Child-Focused…

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