Our Divorce Pricing & Packages

Our Criminal Pricing & Packages - Tembusu Law

Don’t worry, we always try to work within a budget that’s comfortable and fair for everyone.

Our fees and cost depend on the scope and amount of work involved – this is something that we always discuss and agree on with you before we start work.

To ensure that you’re only paying for work that you actually need, we’ll make adjustments to our rates later depending on any increase or decrease in the actual scope and complexity of work.

If you’d like to have an idea of how we aim to make our legal services accessible and affordable, here’s an example of our suggested pricing and sample legal services package for a typical case:

Example: Simplified & Uncontested Divorce
– both spouses agree to a divorce and all ancillary issues before the divorce papers are submitted to Court

Item & Scope of Work Fixed Fees

Stage 1: Terminating the Marriage

We prove to the Court that there’s enough reason to allow a Divorce by showing proof of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage:

  • Adultery: your spouse committed adultery and it’s now intolerable for you to live with him. You must have evidence to prove the adultery and people often engage a private investigator to obtain this evidence.
  • Unreasonable Behaviour: your spouse behaved in an unreasonable manner that the Plaintiff feels that it’s now impossible to continue living with the Defendant e.g. domestic violence and physical abuse, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse , improper association with another person (i.e. having a girlfriend or boyfriend outside the marriage).
  • Desertion: your spouse abandoned you for at least 2 years and has no signs of returning.
  • Separation: you’ve lived apart and maintained separate households from your spouse. Separation with your spouse’s consent requires at least 3 years and Separation without your spouse’s consent requires at least 4 years.

From $1,500 to $2,500 for cases involving:

  • No Matrimonial Property
  • No Children
  • No Maintenance
  • All terms agreed
  • No negotiation required

From $2,500 to $4,000 for cases involving:

  • Matrimonial Property
  • Children
  • Maintenance
  • Some terms agreed
  • Some negotiation still required

Stage 2: Ancillary Matters

We deal with all other Ancillary Matters regarding Custody, Care & Control, Access & Visitation Rights of Children, Dividing Matrimonial Assets & Properties and Maintenance payments for the Wife and Children).

Item & Scope of Work

Stage 1: Terminating the Marriage

We prove to the Court that there’s enough reason to allow a Divorce by showing proof of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage:

  • Adultery: your spouse committed adultery and it’s now intolerable for you to live with him. You must have evidence to prove the adultery and people often engage a private investigator to obtain this evidence.
  • Unreasonable Behaviour: your spouse behaved in an unreasonable manner that the Plaintiff feels that it’s now impossible to continue living with the Defendant e.g. domestic violence and physical abuse, verbal, emotional and psychological abuse , improper association with another person (i.e. having a girlfriend or boyfriend outside the marriage).
  • Desertion: your spouse abandoned you for at least 2 years and has no signs of returning.
  • Separation: you’ve lived apart and maintained separate households from your spouse. Separation with your spouse’s consent requires at least 3 years and Separation without your spouse’s consent requires at least 4 years.

Stage 2: Ancillary Matters

We deal with all other Ancillary Matters regarding Custody, Care & Control, Access & Visitation Rights of Children, Dividing Matrimonial Assets & Properties and Maintenance payments for the Wife and Children).

Fixed Fees

From $1,500 to $2,500 for cases involving:

  • No Matrimonial Property
  • No Children
  • No Maintenance
  • All terms agreed
  • No negotiation required

From $2,500 to $4,000 for cases involving:

  • Matrimonial Property
  • Children
  • Maintenance
  • Some terms agreed
  • Some negotiation still required

*Note: actual costs will depend on the agreed scope and amount of work involved (e.g. how many terms are already agreed between the couple); further adjustments will be made to rates depending on any increase or decrease in the actual scope and complexity of work.

In order to help you better manage your finances and keep track of your legal expenses, we can work out instalment payments of our transparent and fixed fees if you need extra help with your cashflow – this helps you afford the legal support that you need, and it also gives us the opportunity to be involved in your case and help you.

If you’re still unsure of what to expect regarding the process and timeline of a Divorce, here’s a quick summary how a Divorce will typically proceed:

Divorce Process & Timeline

1. Start Divorce process and apply for Divorce to dissolve the marriage

You file and serve the Writ of Summons & Statement of Claim on your spouse. Your spouse must respond within 8 days i.e. confirm whether your spouse will challenge or contest the Divorce.

A Contested Divorce and Trial is long, painful and expensive process – you and your witnesses must give evidence during Court sessions and hearings after which the Court will make a decision and deliver its judgment. However, if you both agree and do not contest that the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage has occurred, then at least Stage 1 of the Divorce process won’t need a trial and you can continue directly to deal with the Ancillary Matters.

2. Memorandum of Appearance & Defence

If your spouse contests the Divorce, he must file these 2 documents in Court. The Memorandum of Appearance confirms that he’ll be participating in the Divorce and Court process. The Defence summarises your spouse’s main reply to your claims stated in your Statement of Claim.

3. Interim Judgment

If the Court agrees that there’s enough evidence to show that the Marriage has irretrievably broken down, an Interim Judgment will be granted that dissolves the marriage. The case then continues for the Court to decide on how to handle the Ancillary Matters.

4. Communication, Discussion, Negotiation & Mediation

You and your spouse discuss and negotiate to try to reach a compromise or settlement – this helps you both avoid going through a painful, messy and fiercely contested divorce and trial. These discussions can take place via Family Dispute Resolution Conferences (FDRCs) and Counselling Sessions organised by the Family Justice Court.

5. Pre-Trial & Ancillary Matters Hearing

If you and your spouse cannot reach a compromise or settlement regarding your respective demands, a Trial will take place for Judge to review the evidence in support of the respective claims.

If your spouse doesn’t contest your Divorce application and only challenges you on the Ancillary Matters, your spouse must file the Memorandum of Appearance to point out the Ancillary Matters he intends to challenge without filing a Defence.

6. Affidavits

You and your spouse each file an Affidavits of Assets & Means (also called an “AOM”) to give details of your assets and financial responsibilities such as your salary and sources of income and your expenses. If you want to get more information from your spouse regarding their assets and finances, you can use the Discovery process to ask for the Court’s help to force your spouse give you the requested information.

7. High Court

Your matrimonial assets and properties have a total net value of more than $5 million, then your Divorce will handled in the High Court.

8. Ancillary Matters Hearing

After you and your spouse have submitted the Court papers and Affidavits, a separate Court Hearing date will be scheduled for you and your spouse (or your Divorce Lawyers or Family Lawyers) to present the legal arguments and evidence in support of your claim for Ancillary Matters (i.e. Custody, Care & Control, Access & Visitation Rights of Children, Dividing Matrimonial Assets & Properties and Maintenance payments for the Wife and Children):

  • Children: who parent will get Custody of the Children, Care and Control of the Children, and Access to the Children?
  • Maintenance of the Wife and Children: how much maintenances should the husband pay for the Wife and Children?
  • Matrimonial Assets & Property: how should the matrimonial assets & property (e.g. matrimonial home, investment properties, cash in bank accounts) be distributed between you and your spouse?

9. Final Judgment

After the Court has reviewed the evidence and made a final decision regarding the Ancillary Matters, you must wait for at least 3 months (from the date of the Interim Judgment) before you can get the Final Judgment which finalises all the terms of the Divorce.

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