Previously, divorcing couples must head to court to settle matters such as matrimonial assets division, maintenance payments and children custody.

These ancilliary matters had to be settled before a court. However, under the new procedure, that is, the new Collaborative Family Practice (CFP) service, divorcing couples can now hire lawyers who are trained in this area to attain a settlement, which in turn the Family court will have to note down.

Needless to say, when this procedure fails, then the divorcing couple will revert to the usual process.

Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) said this will result in a “cheaper, faster and less stressful” process. SMC will also be supported by the Subordinate Courts and the Law Society.

17 family lawyers will be trained in CFP and they will be subsequently appointed to the SMC’s panel of CFP lawyers.

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