8 Untruthful Claims About Divorce Procedures
DO NOT BE FOOLED, IT’S TIME TO BE AWARE, there are many untruths found in several websites. As a lay person, you might not know what is right or wrong and what the Law is. Let us show you the untruths told.
UNTRUTH: YOU CAN GET A DIVORCE IN ONE MONTH
How is this possible when you have a mandatory waiting period of 3 months to Final Judgment (Final Divorce Certificate)?
UNTRUTH: FIXED FEE DIVORCE OF S$990
Court stamp fees, disbursements and GST will take up a chunk of this. You are not served by a lawyer but an administrator. You have to pay a separate fees to see and consult a lawyer and this results in you spending more money.
UNTRUTH: CHEAPER TO DIVORCE OVERSEAS
If you meet the requirement to divorce in Singapore, then consider filing papers in Singapore. Do not get tricked into engaging an overseas divorce lawyer of the country of your origin as it will usually involve 2 sets of fees (Barrister & Solicitor) particularly in the UK and Australia. You will end up paying more than what you bargained for.
UNTRUTH: SPECIALIST DIVORCE LAWYER
Many claim they are specialists. Do not be fooled. Look into the law firm’s / lawyers’ credentials. It’s not the law degree that makes the lawyer whom he or she is. The lawyer needs to undergo further training and development with continuing education. Certification in Negotiation, Accreditation in Family Mediation and Collaborative Family Practice is a must have.
UNTRUTH: LITIGATE DO NOT SETTLE
Many advocate that you are showing your weakness if you choose or opt to go for mediation, making you feel that you do not have a strong case. This myth is false. This is one way of milking you and making you pay more for litigation costs rather than go for early settlement.
UNTRUTH: IT IS OK FOR YOU TO CONCEAL YOUR ASSETS AND NOT REVEAL YOUR TRUE INCOME
This is wrong. You have a duty to provide full and frank disclosure to the Court.
UNTRUTH: YOU CAN LIE IN COURT AS IT IS YOUR WORDS AGAINST HIS/HER WORDS
You cannot lie on any court documents. As the law allows for an action to be commenced against the person who lied. Usually such draconian measure is taken by the court, if the court finds one party has blatantly lied to advance his/her position/claim.
UNTRUTH: LET THE LAWYER DECIDE WHAT IS FAIR FOR YOU
A lawyer can guide and advice you on what is fair for you based on the law. Having a lawyer to make the decision for you is wrong. You need to be given options on how to move forward on your case. This involves your life and future and you must be satisfied with the outcome as it has to be one that you seek.