Maintenance Support Central

MSC Presents: Divorce Process and Procedure

So the marital relationship has come to an end and you have decided to embark on the difficult yet necessary journey of filing for divorce to allow you to move on afresh with your life. This decision when made can often be daunting. What should I expect? What are the requirements I must satisfy before I can file for divorce? How long will it take before my marriage is dissolved? What should I do to protect my rights during a divorce?

This talk will aim to answer the burning common questions that often surface when you take the momentous step of deciding to file for divorce while giving a brief overview of the divorce process and what to expect in terms of procedure once a party decides to file for divorce. Participants will also be given an insight into the Court’s approach in relation to divorce proceedings especially where minor children are involved and the move towards a less litigious approach.

The recent amendments to the Women’s Charter with its requirements for parents with minor children to complete a mandatory parenting program before they are able to file a writ for divorce and its implications will also be discussed. This talk will focus primarily on the divorce process.

Topics that will be covered include:


  • Divorce process- an overview. When will the Court grant me a divorce? Do we need to agree on matters like dividing the assets, payment of maintenance or the children before I can get a divorce?
  • What are the requirements I must satisfy before I can file for divorce in Singapore? What is this Mandatory Parenting Program? How does it affect me?
  • What are the reasons or facts on which I can have my marriage dissolved in Singapore?
  • What are the documents that need to be filed for divorce?
  • What happens during the divorce proceedings? Knowing your rights. Fight or ‘flight’?
  • Mediation- what is it and how to make it work for you.
  • What happens if parties cannot agree? Going to trial.



  • What are ancillary matters? Definition and brief considerations.
  • When will the Court decide on the ancillary matters?
  • What is the process like for ancillary matters? Preparing for the hearing.
  • How should I protect my interests? Preparing your ‘homework’, adducing and preserving documents to support your case.
  • Preparing for the hearing.



若有足够的参与者对此华语讲座表示兴趣, MSC 将愿意作出适当的安排。

29 June 2016 (Wednesday)

7pm to 8.30pm (Registration starts at 6.30pm)

Training Rooms 2 & 3,
SCWO Centre, 96 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187967

$5 (to be paid on event day)
Light Refreshments will be served.

Alison/Syakirin 6571 0185

Please register by 27 June 2016

About the Speakers

Ivan Cheong
Partner, Family & Matrimonial Law

Ivan Cheong is a Partner in Harry Elias Partnership LLP’s Family and Matrimonial Law Practice Group.He has over eight years of experience in all areas of matrimonial law such as contentious divorce, disputes over custody, maintenance, division of matrimonial assets and family violence in the Family Justice Court and Court of Appeal. His practice includes successfully acting for clients in contentious custody applications with cross-jurisdictional issues, trials involving family violence and advising on the preparation of both pre and post nuptial agreements.

Ivan has appeared on multiple live radio programs on 938 Live and has been interviewed by the Straits Times in relation to matrimonial practive and the law. He is also Family Law Practice facilitator with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education which conducts training for law graduates who aim to be called to the bar. Ivan graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2007 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2008.


Chew Wei En

Wei En graduated with a LLB (High Merit) from Singapore Management University in 2013 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2014.
Wei En received his training at the Family and Matrimonial Department of Harry Elias Partnership LLP and joined them as an Associate after being called to the Bar. Wei En advises and acts for clients in all areas of Family & Matrimonial law such as dispute over children’s issues, maintenance for wives and children, family violence, division of matrimonial assets and cross-border custody/care and control issues.
Wei En is also a regular volunteer with the Law Society Family Legal Clinic at the Family Justice Courts.

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