Kim (Tan Siew Kim) has more than 20 years’ experience as a family lawyer. She was head of the family law practice at Lee and Lee, and a senior family lawyer at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. Kim is currently a consultant with Kalco Law LLC.
She has a wide range of litigation experience, having conducted proceedings regularly in the Subordinate Courts (including the Family and Juvenile Courts), the High Court of Singapore and the Court of Appeal. In particular, she specialises in all aspects of contentious family matters including Appeals in the Court of Appeal. She has also advised local companies, major banks, MNCs and various statutory boards and liaised with counsel from other jurisdictions for both corporate and family matters.
During her long career in family law, she has represented clients from different backgrounds in divorces, and has experience helping them through difficult periods. In addition to her practice, while at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, she conducted private client seminars on family disputes for high net worth families.
Kim’s practice stands out for providing the personal touch in assisting clients through this difficult period. She personally guides her clients through each stage of the divorce process.
Kim is regularly featured in local magazines and the press, notably for her views and comments on family matters.
Kim Tan's practice stands out for providing the personal touch in assisting clients through this difficult period. She personally guides her clients through each stage of the divorce process, and has vast experience handling contentious divorces. Clients have come from different backgrounds, including professionals and expatriates.
Relevant reported cases:
BHN v BHO  SGHC 91
Kim Tan represented the husband in the division of matrimonial property where both spouses were gainfully employed and were married for over 20 years with two children; The husband received 60% of the matrimonial assets.
JQ v JR  SGDC 93
Kim Tan assisted her client, who was the father, in obtaining interim access to the child. The mother had made unilateral arrangements for the child without giving reasonable notice to the father, impeding the father’s access period. The Court held that the father was successful on his application for overnight access and the mother was ordered to attend a parenting workshop that she had to bear the costs for. Subsequently, Kim successfully obtained care and control for the father.
Lee Kok Yong v Lee Guek Hua (alias Li Yuehua)  SGHC 26
Kim Tan's client was the wife, whose husband had appealed to vary an order of the court, regarding the division of matrimonial assets and the payment of lump sum maintenance of $20,000. The High Court held that as the order of court for the division of the matrimonial property in the present case is not a continuing order, the question of a variation does not arise. As for the lump sum payment, the appellant was in no position to assert that the lump sum payment should be varied as he blatantly refused to make the payment. The High Court dismissed the husband’s appeals with costs.
TQ v TR  3 SLR(R) 719;  SGHC 106
This was the first case in Singapore recognising the validity of a prenuptial agreement made abroad. Kim Tan's client was a Dutch husband, who had made a pre-nuptial agreement with his Swedish wife in the Netherlands. They moved to Singapore where he found employment.The Court held that Singapore Courts should accord “significant weight” to the terms of a prenuptial agreement between foreign nationals that is governed by and valid according to the foreign law, unless its terms violate the public policy of Singapore.
Goh Ah Teck v Yeo Bee Luan  SGHC 92
Kim Tan's client was the wife, who had been awarded maintenance of $300 for herself and $1,000 to each of the two children. The husband appealed against the order on the grounds that the District Judge had over- estimated his income, the findings of the monthly expenses of the respondent was wrong and lastly, the respondent was given a higher standard of living than she had before the breakdown of marriage. The appeal was dismissed.
Lim Kok Sian Brandon v Ong Ai Geok  SGDC 248
Kim Tan represented the wife in a case that dealt with the principles governing the determination of the quantum of maintenance for a former wife. The wife was initially awarded a much lower sum of maintenance - monthly maintenance of $1,895 for four months and $895 for the next 31 months. She appealed against the decision of the District Court and the appeal was allowed. The Petitioner was ordered to pay the respondent maintenance at $3,500 per month for three years and thereafter at $2,500 per month. This was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
As part of her family practice, Kim assists her clients in drafting pre-nuptial agreements. Her experience in family law and divorce enables her to advise clients on the important issues of the pre-nuptial agreement based on their circumstances.
Relevant Reported Case:
TQ v TR  3 SLR(R) 719;  SGHC 106
This was the first case in Singapore recognising the validity of a prenuptial agreement made abroad. Kim Tan's client was a Dutch husband, who had made a pre-nuptial agreement with his Swedish wife in the Netherlands. They moved to Singapore where he found employment. The Court held that Singapore Courts should accord “significant weight” to the terms of a prenuptial agreement between foreign nationals that is governed by and valid according to the foreign law, unless its terms violate the public policy of Singapore.
Media & Publications
- Steps to take if you suspect your spouse is cheating – SingaporeLegalAdvice.com
- “In divorce cases, child representatives a double-edged sword, say experts” – Today
- “The most depressing part of family law” – The New Paper
- “Wronged men less likely to end marriage” – Straits Times
- “Would you snoop on your boyfriend’s phone while he’s asleep?” – Her World magazine