It is often very difficult to give a straightforward answer as to what happens in an international divorce case. Many questions come to mind and they need to be addressed immediately.
– So what happens if your marriage breaks down in Singapore?
– Can you return to your home country with the children?
– Would the financial settlement favour you in Singapore or back home?
Divorce is not something one would plan whilst living overseas but if it is inevitable, then you need to equip yourself with as much information as you can on the divorce processes both in Singapore and in your home country.
When it comes to Finances (division of assets and maintenance), Singapore Courts operate on the principle of what is ‘just and equitable’ and look at the direct and indirect contributions of each party towards the marriage. Pre-marital assets are generally not seen as joint assets. Prenuptial agreements are binding only the financial aspects of a marriage. The Singapore Courts have the power to look into any agreements entered between parties before giving their endorsement or otherwise.
When it comes to Children matters, custody care and control and access are issues to be dealt with. Parties are encouraged to do what is in the best interest of the children. It is all about the children’s welfare being the paramount interest and not of the parties.
As a family lawyer, I have handled many international divorces over my 20-year legal career. If you have any questions, please call me on 6337-0469 or email me, I will do my best to give you immediate free advice on the process so that you can put your mind at ease and alert you as to what immediate steps should be taken. You can also make an appointment to see me.