Legal wrangles of family matters can not only be expensive and protracted, they can take an emotional toll on the parties involved.
SMC’s Family Services aim to resolve your home-front issues without further damage to your relationships.
FAMILY MEDIATION SCHEME
SMC’s Family Mediation Scheme helps family members to lay down their domestic arms amicably. It is a faster and cheaper option than taking each other to court.
Many complex issues can be mediated, including the division of family assets, spousal maintenance, custody of children (including international child abduction cases), and wills and probates.
This Scheme seeks to:
Encourage conciliation to end family discord
Smooth out domestic conflicts successfully and quickly
Foster family ties for the long term and reduce emotional turmoil for parties, and
Keep a lid on costs.
Under this Scheme, SMC will appoint experienced mediators with family law expertise from our Family Panel. At least one full day will be set aside to help feuding parties arrive at a place that placates both sides, settle their differences and, where possible, salvage ties.
Family Justice Courts (FJC)-Ordered Mediation
SMC is a service provider for family cases ordered by the courts to attend private mediation. This direction is in partnership with the Family Justice Courts, and effective from 1 October 2016.
For more information on court-ordered mediation, follow the link to the FJC Practice Directions here.
Collaborative Family Practice (CFP) is an interest-based approach to untangling matrimonial discord. It takes place before the start of any court proceedings.
With the support of the Family Justice Courts of Singapore and The Law Society of Singapore, the CFP service aims to help couples reach an agreement which both sides can live with, preventing bitter lawsuits.
Specially trained CFP lawyers and other family specialists such as financial advisers and child experts, work with the parties to negotiate an agreement that suits the family.
A unique feature of this process is that CFP lawyers cannot represent their clients in future litigation if settlement is not reached. This gives a greater incentive for feuding parties and lawyers to settle all their disputes.
Unlike matrimonial legal battles, CFP is a much less stressful and less hostile process. It allows parties to be civil towards each other, which is very important if they have children. The process is confidential.
Members of SMC’s Panel of CFP Lawyers are practising family lawyers. Many are also accredited SMC mediators with specialist training.
Parties pay an hourly rate of $428 (includes GST) when SMC refers a CFP lawyer and/or another professional to you. Note that a deposit is collected once the lawyers and/or other professionals are appointed.
If you think CFP is a suitable service, fill up the Application Form, and fax it to us at +65 6333 5085.