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 to becoming a…

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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 & 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 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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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. IntroductionThe 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. Among these…

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Adopting Work-From-Home For Your Company? These Singapore Government Grants Can Help

Adopting Work-From-Home For Your Company? These Singapore Government Grants Can Help Article by PracticeForte Advisory Affiliate Shirley Tay We’re exactly two weeks away from the end of Singapore’s Circuit Breaker [CB] period. While we wait to see what semblance of social life we may regain come 2 June 2020, I’m certain the government wants companies to climb back into the business cycle so we can recover from the economic shock that the COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed. Meanwhile, working from home [WFH] looks to be a big part of our new normal, and to that end, most businesses should be able to tap on two government grants to implement such arrangements. I’ve shared the same with my clients, most if not…

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CCB Time Capsule

These photos were taken and shared by PracticeForte Advisory affiliates,family and friends during the Covid 19 circuit breaker period and beyond. Neighborhood love. My city kampung Taking time out to organize stamps Taking time out to look at stamp collection Covid bike #staysafe don't go out Bearing Fruit Keep looking up! Back to office On the ride to office Empty shells left by baby Robins, Mt Emily Singapore Spanish omelette breakfast Feasting the spectacular view from the ofiice pantry Lunch bowl, black and white Our 100th Photo! She bloom right on time, June 1st! Today, Practiceforte joins all of Singapore in exiting this unusual time of circuit breaker with the sharing of our 100th CB post.In the 2 months when…

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Covid, Co-Parenting? Just Cooperate

COVID, CO-PARENTING? JUST COOPERATE. Article by Susan TayThis 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 at risk and…

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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 mum…

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