The Complete Guide to Choosing a Good Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

Last updated on July 26, 2022

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There are many divorce lawyers in Singapore. By a conservative estimate, more than 400 law firms in Singapore handle divorce matters. You always have a choice. Some people ask around their network and settle on the first name that comes up. Others use lawyers that they find online.

This guide will hold your hands through the process.

Table of Contents

Step 1: Educate Yourself on Divorce

Knowledge is power, and when finding a divorce lawyer, this is no different. Since the intention is to hire a lawyer, the focus of your reading is not on specific legal procedures or finding out which form to file. Rather, you should ask yourself these questions to understand how the divorce process unfolds:

There are also resources where you can find for answers online:

Make notes, especially where they are relevant to your situation.

Doing such research gives you an overview of the divorce process in Singapore. If you still have doubts, that’s fine. That’s what a lawyer is for. The point is to get a feel of how complex your case is compared to others and what lies ahead.

For example, after reading, do you think you can come to an agreement with your spouse on the division of matrimonial property and child custody? This affects the legal and emotional cost to a large extent.

The reason for this first step of reading up is because it sets the foundation for finding a good divorce lawyer. The knowledge obtained in this step helps in evaluating the lawyers you talk to, and knowing the kind of legal service you need.

Step 2: Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

What you need to understand about divorce lawyers

As mentioned in the beginning, there are more than enough divorce lawyers to go around. You should understand the context in which your divorce lawyer is working, and you’ll get some insight into how they charge.

There are generally 3 kinds of divorce lawyers:

1. The solo divorce lawyer

This divorce lawyer can have a law firm in his own name, or be part of a small law firm as a partner. He or she may have a secretary, or have no staff at all. The distinguishing factor is that this lawyer will handle your case personally.

What this likely means is that the lawyer will not market himself as giving free consultations, because there are only so many cases the single lawyer can handle. He will usually charge a small fee for a first consultation just to make sure the client is serious.

The benefit is that the solo divorce lawyer is most likely to offer the personal touch when handling your case. Usually, the charges remain reasonable and affordable.

2. The divorce law firm

The divorce law firm usually consists of a lawyer with several legal associates working under him. Because of this structure, this lawyer is able to handle a larger volume of divorce cases compared to a solo divorce lawyer.

As a result, a lawyer in a divorce law firm is usually able to provide free first consultations and take the risk that the enquirer does not become a client. This law firm is also able to spend more on marketing, and thus they will also have a more polished look overall, compared to the solo divorce lawyer.

The possible disadvantage is that the senior lawyer you meet may hand your case off to a junior lawyer, and that might not be what you expect.

3. The high-net-worth divorce lawyer

These lawyers are usually affiliated with larger law firms or have strong reputations for contentious cases. They focus on representing people with greater financial means, so don’t be surprised to be asked for a large deposit before any work is done.

Shortlisting your divorce lawyer

After understanding this, you can begin shortlisting divorce lawyers in Singapore. Here are some of the popular methods.


The most popular and preferred option to find a divorce lawyer is to ask around your network for the contact of a good one. This makes sense because it is more comforting to know that someone has had a good experience with the lawyer before.

To be prudent, you may still want to shortlist a few lawyers using the other methods listed below. That is to ensure that you make the right choice.

Law is a personal service, so your personal compatibility with the lawyer will play a part in your overall satisfaction. It is also possible that as a referral, you may pay more than a walk-in client, depending on the lawyer’s pricing policy. After all, the lawyer knows that you already have a positive opinion of him, so does he really have to give you that discount?

We recommend shortlisting a few other lawyers just in case. has a list of experienced divorce lawyers in Singapore whom you can approach. Read through the profiles and online reviews to get a sense of which lawyer’s style will suit you.

To save time, you can just fill in a contact form and send your query to several relevant divorce lawyers in Singapore at once.

Online advertisements

Like any other industry, the legal industry has its own share of online advertisements. Take your time to look through the online profiles of the lawyers to see if they seem like someone who can empathise with you.

However, beware of Google advertisements that show fees that seem too good to be true.

There are fixed costs such as court filing fees, and lawyers also have rent and staff salaries to pay. It may be that the low fees are just bait to lure you into paying for a very hands-off service, where the lawyer may not be willing to spend much time entertaining your questions.

Your divorce matter will still be completed, but in a way that may not suit you.

Legal Services Regulatory Authority directory of lawyers

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore keeps an updated list of the practising lawyers and law firms in Singapore.

Step 3: Choosing Your Divorce Lawyer

After shortlisting some divorce lawyers in Singapore, it is time to take the process to the next step. You’re going to contact the lawyer, either by email, phone or appointment. Lawyers are usually open to having a short free initial consultation for divorce cases.

During the discussion, here are some questions you need to ask the lawyer:

1. What are the legal services that you need?

Essentially, you should ask the lawyer how to best handle your case and what he will do for you. For example:

  • Does your divorce case involve litigation?
  • Does it involve negotiation on your behalf?
  • Is it just going to be the signing of a few documents?

The divorce lawyer should explain to you the different stages of the divorce process. You should already have some idea of the service you need from the research done in Step 1.

The paperwork is what all divorce lawyers should be able to do. This is also a good opportunity to find out whether the lawyer is experienced in family law.

A good divorce lawyer should be able to offer you nuggets of wisdom from past experience on how to handle your divorce proceedings. This includes issues such as:

  • Exactly when to file for divorce, and
  • What you should be asking for from your spouse.

To do that, the lawyer first has to understand your problems and priorities. That’s also a sign of empathy from the lawyer.

2. What is the cost for the divorce services that you need?

Different lawyers have different rates, since it is a personal service that is dependent on the specific lawyer. You should budget at least $2,500 for legal fees even for the simplest divorce with the cheapest lawyer. Whilst there are lower advertised rates, any service outside of the “packages” offered will lead to an increase.

Sometimes, this is inevitable due to disagreement with your spouse over the details. For example, your spouse may demand that you amend the Statement of Particulars before accepting it. Every time the lawyer has to amend the paperwork, he will charge you for it.

What is important is that the lawyer should be transparent about the costs for each stage of the divorce. Admittedly, it is more difficult to estimate the costs in the case of a contentious divorce, but there should still be a scale for rates, and possibly a fee cap. If you require instalment payments, this would be a good time to discuss too.

Sometimes, it may be worth it that the lawyer is more expensive. Some lawyers distinguish themselves by their personal touch and spend more time communicating with each client. Depending on your personal situation, the additional peace of mind and assurance may be exactly what you need.

At this point, if you want to bargain about the price, one option is to show that you are a mature client who is reasonable and won’t be demanding on the lawyer’s time.

For more information on divorce costs, check out our comprehensive guide to divorce fees in Singapore.

3. What is the set-up of the firm and who will you be dealing with?

You should find out who is the divorce lawyer dealing with your case in the event you decide to engage a divorce law firm. Some of the more established firms may end up delegating simpler cases to junior associates, with senior lawyers taking over only if matters get complicated (and expensive).

In contrast, at smaller law firms, the main lawyer is likely to personally handle your case. This is more a matter of personal preference as to who you prefer to deal with. This leads us to the last question…

Most Importantly, Are You Comfortable With the Divorce Lawyer?

Some people will prefer to engage female divorce lawyers, and for others, male divorce lawyers. Some will prefer to engage lawyers from their own race. Some prefer lawyers who look kind. There are many ways to choose your lawyer.

Don’t forget that law is a personal service. The lawyer should be able to understand your circumstances and to represent your interests. If you are not comfortable with your lawyer, it is difficult to reach a satisfactory conclusion. Moreover, with so many divorce lawyers to choose from, you have no shortage of options when it comes to finding a divorce lawyer whom you feel comfortable with.

Going through a divorce is not easy, but getting a good divorce lawyer makes it much easier.

Finding a good divorce lawyer in Singapore doesn’t have to be a pain. It is a process that can be broken down into a series of steps, as explained above.

P.S. Can you divorce without a lawyer in Singapore?

Yes you can, and people have done it. However, think twice before you do so.

Think about what is at stake. This is especially if you have:

  • A property (which, by itself, may be worth at least a 6-figure sum), and/or
  • Children (who are priceless).

In such situations, a divorce lawyer’s fees may end up being negligible compared to what good legal representation can do for you – including helping you get the outcome(s) that you want from the divorce.

In addition to dealing with the potential emotional fallout and your day-to-day life from getting divorced, there is also the hassle of:

  • Getting up to speed on the divorce procedures,
  • Finding out how to fill in the forms, and
  • Filing your documents personally at the Service Bureaus (lawyers usually have access to the Electronic Filing System from their offices).

What’s more, the above assumes that your spouse does not contest the divorce. If they do, there’s a lot more filing and advocacy that you will have to be prepared to do.

Going through a divorce is a tough journey. It may be worthwhile having an experienced divorce lawyer in Singapore by your side to help you navigate the difficulties that lie ahead.

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  7. How to Divorce Within 3 Years of Marriage in Singapore
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  10. Online Divorce in Singapore: How It Works and Should You Get One?
  11. How Can I Divorce Overseas After Marrying in Singapore?
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  5. Divorce Mediation in Singapore
  6. Divorce Application: What to Do If Your Spouse Cannot be Found
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  2. Guide to Co-Parenting for Divorcing Parents in Singapore
  3. Procedure for Ancillary Matters
  4. Maintenance of Spouse in a Singapore Divorce
  5. Filling in a Matrimonial Property Plan for a Singapore Divorce
  6. Dividing Matrimonial Assets in a Singapore Divorce
  7. What Happens to Your HDB Flat after Divorce?
  8. What Happens to Gifts Between Spouses During a Divorce?
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  10. Child Custody, Care and Control & Access: Singapore Guide
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  4. Transfer of Matrimonial Home to Ex-Spouse After Divorce
  5. Can Divorcees Buy or Rent HDB Flats, and How?
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Expatriate Divorce
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  2. Settling Ancillary Matters in Singapore After Foreign Divorce
  3. Typical issues in Singapore/England Divorces
  4. Immigration Issues for Divorcing Expatriates
  5. Can Foreigners Divorce in Singapore?
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  7. Hague Convention: Overseas Child Abduction in Singapore Divorce
  8. Case Study: Cross-Border Child Custody and the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction
  9. Can British Expats in Singapore Choose to Divorce in England?
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