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How can I reach an agreement with my spouse regarding the divorce?


If you and your spouse are able to see agree on matters relating to your divorce, then proceeding with the divorce on an uncontested basis would be cost effective and efficient. However, you should document your agreements as eventually you would have to file a Draft Consent Order. This article raises a few key issues for you to think about and discuss with your spouse before the divorce.


You may have heard of uncontested divorce proceedings where, if you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on the divorce and the ancillary matters , including custody, care and control of children , division of matrimonial assets , and maintenance issues, you can file a Draft Consent Order.


While engaging an experienced and reliable lawyer to draft the Draft Consent Order would be highly advisable, it is important for you to be aware of what to discuss with your spouse when coming to an agreement for divorce . This will help you save time and enable you to get straight to the point when meeting your lawyer. Being informed will also give you a clear outline of what to expect from the divorce .


Issues to consider when coming to an agreement with your spouse

1. Custody arrangements for your children – Who will get to make the major decisions in your children’s lives?

a. Joint custody shared by both parties

b. Sole custody to one party

2. Care and control arrangements for your children – Who will get to live with the children? Who will get to make the day-to-day decisions regarding the children?

a. Shared care and control arrangements

b. Sole care and control arrangements

3. Access arrangements for your children – How much time and when will each parent get with the children? Which days of the week, or which school holidays will each parent get with the children?

4. Maintenance arrangements – How much maintenance will you receive/have to provide? How much maintenance will your children receive? What are the restrictions on the usage of maintenance amounts, if any?

a. Maintenance for ex-wife

b. Maintenance for children

5. Division of assets – How will the matrimonial assets be distributed? Who gets to keep what items? Should you sell the matrimonial home? Should the matrimonial home be transferred to one party? 


It is important that the agreement is something you will be able to accept and live by so that you and your spouse will be able to move on with your individual lives after the Court gives you its order for divorce. It is advisable that you engage a

trustworthy and reliable lawyer who can help you to check the agreement and ensure that your rights are well-preserved and your needs are adequately provided for.


Should you need to consult a divorce lawyer in Singapore on this matter, Lie Chin Chin Family Practice Team is happy to assist you.


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