If you are looking for a divorce lawyer within your budget, then you are strongly advised to consider whether you can talk to your spouse to explore the possibility of reaching an agreement to divorce and the ancillary issues so that both parties can proceed with an uncontested or consent divorce.
This is because the cost of divorce in Singapore is much cheaper for uncontested or consent divorce as compared to a contested divorce.
Most lawyers in Singapore will charge a fixed fee structure for uncontested or consent divorce because the lawyers are able to assess in advance the amount of work and documents to prepare as compared to contested divorce where it is not possible to estimate in advance the amount of work and documents to be done. This is because the duration and intensity of the amount of work and documents needed to be done for contested divorce is dependable on how and what the other spouse does.
The fixed fee for uncontested or consent divorce should be nett fees and include the lawyer fees for preparing the divorce forms and settlement agreement terms, consultation time required by lawyers to interview client to collect the necessary datas to prepare the court papers, court filing fees, commissioning fees, bankruptcy search fees, photocopying and other miscellaneous fees .
There are different fixed fees for different types of uncontested or consent divorce for example, cases where couple do not have children and property would be most affordable. Cases involving property and children would require filing of additional documents like Parenting and Property Plan with the court and writing letters to HDB or CPF Board on issues involving the agreed transfer of one spouse’s CPF monies or waiver of CPF monies refund for one party’s transfer of the share of the house to other spouse.