Family Lawyers Singapore

Ensure that matters between you and your spouse are properly managed with our Experienced Professional Family Lawyer Singapore at Tan, Lee & Choo.

In Singapore, the general 3-year bar before you can start filing for a divorce is a recognition that when you first live together as husband and wife, there will be all sorts of differences and disagreements. Everyone is a unique individual. Besides the main differences of man and woman, cultural differences also exist.

Disagreements and disputes cannot be avoided in a marriage. Many of the faults and shortcomings of your spouse that you are able to pinpoint will probably be sufficient to make out a case for unreasonable behaviour in a divorce proceeding. You give and take. You live with each other’s faults and shortcomings. Moreover, the COVID19 virus and circuit breaker lockdown is forcing parties to spend longer/more time together at home. Can you handle this intimacy thrust upon you?

When you have decided that enough is enough and you cannot take it anymore, that is when you should consult with our senior family lawyer Singapore to move forward.

We always begin with reality testing to assess if your decision to divorce should be carried out.

If the present living conditions are better than being divorced, e.g. No house to live in or finances will be very tight, one may perhaps be better off remaining in a loveless marriage. The decision to divorce may also be delayed for an indeterminable period because you do not want the children’s education to be affected.  Divorce may or may not be the answer or solution that you are seeking.

However, there is also another school of thought that: “Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy’s staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love.”– Jennifer Weiner in the 1996 drama Fly Away Home.

Work with an experienced divorce lawyer who will fight for what you are entitled to

We do not pretend to understand what you are going through in the divorce or family disputes for the simple reason that your circumstances are unique to yourself.

While we cannot get under your skin and experience your travails, we will help you get through the divorce process, from initially filing for divorce to sorting out custody issues and try to help minimise the stress and collateral damage throughout. Rarely does one emerge from divorce unscathed.

We will try to answer all your queries and advise you accordingly. We will apprise you of the different options as well as fight for what you should be entitled to, especially if your spouse has intentionally concealed or has been less than truthful about the extent of his/her assets. The maxim “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush” is very true. Someone said on Twitter that divorce includes COVID!

Our areas of practice in family law include:

  • Divorce (simplified and contested) and Ancillary Matters (division of matrimonial assets; maintenance for children and wife; custody, care and control of children)
  • Variation of existing divorce court orders (applying for or defending such applications)
  • Personal Protection Order/Domestic Exclusion Order
  • Maintenance summonses
  • Deed of Separation
  • Pre-nuptial agreement

For the moment, Singapore has not followed the route of Australia to allow same-sex marriage and as such, no issue of a divorce. Division of jointly acquired assets during the union will be determined based on general law like gifts and resulting trust.

Check out our latest reported case here relating to an appliction in 2019 for a variation of an order of court made in 1993.

If you feel the need to consult a family divorce lawyer in Singapore, please contact our Mr Liaw Jin Poh at 96922522 or by email at