Misconceptions about annulments

In essence, there is no practical difference between an annulment and a divorce. Both are legal ways to end a marriage. However, people tend to have many misconceptions about civil annulments.

One common misconception is that when a marriage is annulled, all marriage records are destroyed. This is false. Just like in a divorce, the record of marriage remains on file.

Another misconception is that an annulment can be obtained merely based on the fact that a couple has been married for a short period of time. This cannot be true. Once two people get married, they are married – the law does not provide for a “trial marriage”. Hence to annul a marriage, one has to satisfy certain grounds for annulment.

Many people also tend to think that an annulment is simpler compared to a divorce. This may not be true. For example, a court appearance is necessary for an annulment, unlike a divorce, which sometimes requires only paperwork.

You may wish to seek legal advice from a Singapore Family divorce Lawyer from one of our leading law firms, Gloria James-Civetta & Co. At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, we offer a free 20-minute consultation with one of our lawyers. Should you have any queries or should like to seek legal representation, kindly contact us at 6337 0469 or email us at consult@gjclaw.com.sg.

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Why women divorce lawyers are better for women?

As we, all know that divorce is one such tough situation that ruins the personal life of the person. At, such a time one needs to have an emotional support from someone. Especially, when it comes to women, they are highly depressed and needs someone to help and support her with the case.

Hiring the lawyers is important, as these legal cases are complex to handle. A commoner would not be able handle this situation mainly when it comes to representing your own case in the court. It may also lead to more disputes among the spouses.

Divorce lawyers at affordableThis is the time when women divorce lawyers save the situation. Women can always be a better Divorce lawyers for other women. They have a better understanding and a sense of connectivity among themselves.

This is the reason why it is suggested to have a women divorce lawyer as they not only understand your situation, but also motivate and support you to take the right steps towards the legal divorce proceedings. In addition, one can easily avail these services for a cost effective rate. All you need to do is to hire the right attorney for your case.

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As an Expatriate in Singapore, how can I get a Divorce?

What are the qualifying factors for Divorce in Singapore?

Expatriate divorces can be heard in the Singapore courts if the parties have been married for at least 3 years and if one or both parties are habitually domiciled in Singapore, i.e. If the parties have spent the past 3 years residing in Singapore.

If you satisfy the 2 above mentioned antenna, you will be eligible to seek a divorce in Singapore.

You can contact our divorce lawyers for more information and to enquire if your marriage fits the divorce requirements.

What is the difference between filling a divorce in Singapore and in other countries?

The Courts may accept different reasons for divorce in different countries. For instance, parties can choose to proceed on either a fault-based or non-fault based divorce in Singapore but there is no such notion of a fault-based divorce in Australia.

There are also different considerations involved with regards to the division of matrimonial property. As such, you may wish to speak to a divorce lawyer to help you decide on the most favorable jurisdiction for you to commence divorce proceedings. You should seek the opinion of an experienced divorce lawyer.

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Family Law: Domestic Violence

What constitutes as Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person in a domestic context against another, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence can take a number of forms including financial, physical, emotional and verbal abuse. Individuals who believe they might be a victim of domestic violence but are not sure on how to deal with it should contact their lawyers to seek legal advice to protect themselves.

How should you protect yourself from domestic violence?

  • If you are currently a victim of domestic violence or if you have experienced some form of abuse from your spouse, start making notes of every incident of physical and emotional abuse in your household. This includes acts of violence to your children. Take note of the date and time the incident occurred and exactly what happened.
  • Make a list of people you can contact and feel safe confiding in. You may also want to seek help from a doctor to examine your injuries. Consulting a psychiatrist would also be beneficial.
  • You should also start preparing documents such as your birth certificates, copies of deeds, insurance policies, proof of income and credit card statements. These can help in taking legal action for a Personal Protection Order (PPO) or Divorce.

At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, we offer a free 2o-minute consultation with one of our lawyers, who will explain the divorce process and assess whether you meet the requirements to file for divorce in Singapore. Kindly contact us on 63370469 or email us

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Family Law: Domestic Violence

What constitutes as Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is violence or other abuse by one person in a domestic context against another, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Domestic violence can take a number of forms including financial, physical, emotional and verbal abuse. Individuals who believe they might be a victim of domestic violence but are not sure on how to deal with it should contact their lawyers to seek legal advice to protect themselves.

How should you protect yourself from domestic violence?

  • If you are currently a victim of domestic violence or if you have experienced some form of abuse from your spouse, start making notes of every incident of physical and emotional abuse in your household. This includes acts of violence to your children. Take note of the date and time the incident occurred and exactly what happened.
  • Make a list of people you can contact and feel safe confiding in. You may also want to seek help from a doctor to examine your injuries. Consulting a psychiatrist would also be beneficial.
  • You should also start preparing documents such as your birth certificates, copies of deeds, insurance policies, proof of income and credit card statements. These can help in taking legal action for a Personal Protection Order (PPO) or Divorce.

At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, we offer a free 2o-minute consultation with one of our lawyers, who will explain the divorce process and assess whether you meet the requirements to file for divorce in Singapore. Kindly contact us on 63370469 or email us

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What is the difference between collaborative process and litigation?

Although Singapore is currently encouraging couples undergoing divorce to engage in the Collaborative Family Practice (CFP), not many know the difference between CFP and litigation, the process of cross-examining affidavits in court.

Well, here’s a short table to clear things out.

Collaborative Process Litigation
Who controls the process? The parties of the divorce control the process including the timetable and timeline. The process is controlled by the judge and determined by Court dates.
Confidentiality? The entire process is confidential and nothing will be disclosed. Recordings of Court proceedings are not confidential. They are publicly available.
Who makes the final decision? The parties of the divorce make the final decision. The final decision is decided by the judge.
Objectives? The solutions are interest-based and at the best interests of the family. Lawyers seek to reach settlement that is in the best interests of both the client and the family unit. Litigation is generally rights-focused and parties will revert to positional bargaining based on their own needs.

To find out more about Collaborative Family Practice and Litigation, you can contact us at Gloria James-Civetta & Co.

At Gloria James-Civetta & Co, we offer a free 2o-minute consultation with one of our lawyers, who will explain the divorce process and assess whether you meet the requirements to file for divorce in Singapore. Kindly contact us on 63370469 or email us

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Knowing when to get divorced – are you prepared?

7 essential points to consider

You might already have spent endless sleepless nights this issue, and gone over and over it again in your mind.

The following pointers are for you to consider before you and/or your partner before deciding to end your marriage.

Have you….?

Tried Marriage Counselling(not recommender if you are dealing with domestic violence)

Thought of saving the marriage? considered a face-to-face meeting with a Councillor? You can talk to a qualified therapist to help evaluate your feelings

Tried a trial separation for re-evaluation and quiet time alone to reflect

Reflected on your role in the difficulties of the marriage?, or just blamed your partner for the breakdown?

Thought about where you will live? if you’re still living at home

Gone through and assessed all the financial implications

Considered how your children will be affected? Do they understand what you are going through?

Once you have taken the time to asses and re-asses your situation and concluded that divorce is the right step for you, the next step is to seek legal advice from a Specialist Divorce Lawyer on how to divorce and what it entails for you and your family. Being informed about the Singapore divorce process will help you to approach it in a way as to lessen the pain of the process on you and your loved ones.

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