Senior Associate Director of Family Law of PKWA Law Practice Low Jin Liang was quoted in the Straits Times article titled “Divorces becoming less costly, time-consuming – thanks to reforms”

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Senior Associate Director of Family Law of PKWA Law Practice Low Jin Liang was quoted in the Straits Times article titled “Divorces becoming less costly, time-consuming – thanks to reforms”

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23 March 2020

Senior Associate Director of Family Law of PKWA Law Practice Low Jin Liang was quoted in the Straits Times article titled “Divorces becoming less costly, time-consuming – thanks to reforms”. The article was first published on 20 March 2020.

The article shares with readers how reforms and initiatives introduced to the Family Justice System have made divorces in Singapore less time consuming and less costly.

Below is an excerpt from the article which features comments from Low Jin Liang:

Divorces in Singapore are becoming increasingly less costly, less time-consuming and less prone to acrimonious disputes, figures provided by the Ministry of Law show.

More than 55 per cent of divorce cases last year were finalised in months instead of stretching to over a year. Also, nearly 90 per cent of divorce cases referred to mediation at the Family Justice Courts were partly or fully settled.

These are an improvement over 2017, when the respective rates were 49 per cent and 85 per cent.

As a result, the cost of divorce is reduced substantially, said Law Minister K. Shanmugam in an interview with The Straits Times. Likewise, the emotional turmoil the parties go through, he added.

Mr Shanmugam, who is also the Home Affairs Minister, attributed the successes to the reforms and initiatives introduced to the family justice system since 2014.

Family lawyer Low Jin Liang told The Straits Times that in the judge-led approach, judges can decide issues on the spot, precluding the need for parties to file additional court applications.

Such divorce cases can conclude 6 to 12 months faster, with his clients saving about $10,000, said Mr Low, senior associate director at PKWA Law Practice.

“It has become easier to work with the judge on trying to conclude the divorce with as little acrimony as possible,” he added.

Full article can be found here.

Source: The Straits Times

Author: Dominic Low

 

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