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UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHTS BEFORE DECIDING

CHOOSING A LAWYER

One of the most important decisions in your divorce is choosing the right lawyer.

“Your lawyer must have considerable experience in handling divorce cases”

An ideal family lawyer will let you have active participation in discussions about your case whilst guiding you through the legal proceedings.

There are many generalist lawyers who offer and advertise cheap Legal Services online to entice clients to use their services, but beware, choose with caution. You only receive what you pay for.
“There is no such thing as a flat fee divorce unless you are absolutely sure that your partner will consent to divorce in your terms”
There will be extra charges if:
  • Your spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers or will only consent to divorce unless you tone down your statement of particulars. In toning down the statement of particulars your lawyers will be required to amend paperwork thus the increase in costs.
  • Your partner is overseas, you may be required to advertise in a newspaper of that country or incur international courier charges.
So, How Do I Choose?
Before your first meeting with a divorce lawyer:
  • Do a thorough internet profile search on the law Firm and their Specialist Lawyer/s.
  • Call your chosen firm(s) to set up a meeting & assess the lawyer to see how he/she can help in your particular circumstances. Good divorce lawyers will give you a free 20 minute consultation to explain the divorce process inorder to put you in a better position, should you wish to negotiate, mediate or go before a judge in court.
  • Establish how many years practicing experience the Lawyer has in Family Law. keep in mind that with experience, comes a wealth of knowledge.
  • Communication and trust with your prospective Lawyer is most important. Have an understanding of the different stages of the Divorce process. Make sure all your options are explored. A good Lawyer will go through this process before you engage them.
  • Be careful to look beyond the promises of a good outcome and look deeper to make sure you are getting the best divorce lawyer for the job.
  • Make sure that you understand the charges involved at every stage of the divorce proceedings.(Is it per hourly basis or a package option?) The letter of engagement is the working contract between you and your lawyer, so read it carefully and thoroughly. The engagement letter should describe the nature of your legal matter, the terms and conditions of the relationship between you and your lawyer and estimated range of costs.
As one of Singapore`s largest matrimonial law departments, our team of Family Law Specialists, Trained Mediators, Collaborative Lawyers and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners are able to dedicate considerable resources to ensure our clients achieve the best possible results on their case.
“At GJC Law, we don’t just practice family law – we specialise in it. That’s how we have grown to become one of Singapore`s biggest matrimonial law teams”
If you need legal representation and would like to set up a Free consultation on the divorce process with one of our Specialist family Lawyers, kindly contact Gloria James-Civetta & Co, to get the legal advice you need.
At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, we offer a free 20-minute consultation with one of our lawyers, who will explain the divorce process and assess whether you meet the requirements to file for divorce in Singapore.
Call us on +65 6337 0469

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