Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Laws LL.B (Hons) from the University of Manchester in 2014 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2017.
Over the years, Rebecca has been involved and gained considerable experience in numerous Court proceedings including divorce, annulments, Personal Protection Orders (PPO), spousal and child maintenance, custody and relocation applications and applications under the Mental Capacity Act.
She is well-versed in Family Justice Courts and Syariah Court proceedings and has practising in all levels of the Singapore Courts.
Some of the cases Rebecca was involved in previously include the following:
1. Landmark Court of Appeal case of ADP v ADQ (2012) SGCA 6 which found that the Singapore Courts have the jurisdiction under the Women’s Charter to order the division of matrimonial assets and payment of maintenance even if the marriage between parties was found to be void.
2. UTY v UYZ (2019) SGFC 32 – successfully obtained an order for the enforcement of maintenance (for spouse and children) under a divorce order. The adverse party was incommunicado and had repeatedly evaded payment of maintenance over the course of 15 years.
3. UYQ v UYP (2020) SGCA 3 – successfully overturned the decision of the High Court to make an adjustment of 7.5% to the average ratios awarded to parties for the division of matrimonial assets. The adjustment resulted in a 7.5% decrease in her client’s share of the matrimonial assets and conversely, an unjustified 7.5% increase in the adverse party’s share of the matrimonial assets. Following an appeal on the matter, the adjustment was reversed and the division was reverted to the ratios that the High Court had originally determined.
4. VMA v VMB (2020) SGFC 88 – successfully resisted an application to set aside a by-consent Order of Court (pertaining to ancillary matters). The adverse party had alleged, amongst other things, a dissipation of assets on the part of her client. On hearing arguments made by counsel, the Court dismissed the application and the accompanying allegations.
Rebecca is one of twelve lawyers at Gloria James-Civetta & Co, a law firm known for their expertise in matrimonial law.
About Gloria James-Civetta & Co
GJC is widely regarded as a trusted and high-quality firm, receiving recognition from the Courts and accreditations from respected organisations in Singapore.
The firm prides itself on meeting their client’s needs and giving them advice they can trust.
Area of Family Law:
– Local and international divorce
– Division of assets
– Spousal maintenance
– Child issues (custody and support)
– Collaborative divorce process (CFP)
– Pre-nuptial agreements
– Marital / post-nuptial agreements
– Deed of Separation
– Personal Protection Orders (PPO)
“Rebecca will help you see the bigger picture through practical, realistic, and cost-effective legal advice.”
She will make your consultation as comfortable as possible and explain the following:
– Assess if you meet the conditions to file for a divorce in Singapore
– The different stages of the divorce process through a customised divorce flow chart
– Address all the major issues that may apply, such as custody and support of any children, spousal support, division of assets and debts
– Help you understand your legal rights, responsibilities and issues applicable to you
– Answer any questions related to how the divorce process in Singapore works
– Help you explore your divorce options
– Offer you divorce literature for further reading
When you contact me, I will provide you with a consultation tailored to your specific circumstances and goals in mind.
I have represented clients in various aspects of family law matters, including divorce, pre & post-divorce issues, child custody matters, spouse and child maintenance issues at all levels of the Court, including the Court of Appeal and the Syariah Court.
I aim to help minimise the impact that divorce will have on you and your family and make the process of divorce as stress-free as possible.
"I am energetic, responsive, and committed to helping my clients."
To facilitate swift divorce proceedings, I always encourage my clients to consider alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as negotiation and mediation.
"Earlier settlement at a mediation/negotiation stage will keep legal fees to a minimum and prevent further undue stress or anxiety."
Personal Protection Order
I regularly represent clients both as applicants and respondents concerning Personal Protection Orders. You can count on my vast experience in this area of law.
There are three types of orders that one can apply for under this section:
- Protection Order: a general order that prevents the respondent from using violence against the victim. This order must be initially applied for before following two orders.
- Expedited Order (EO): a temporary order that lasts for 28 days from the date it is served to the respondent. It is generally granted depending on the urgency of the victim's situation.
- Domestic Exclusion Order (DEO): an order that excludes or restricts the respondent from entering the victim's residence or parts of the home.
Personal & Family
I am dedicated to understanding the unique circumstances of your child custody and maintenance case. I will explain your rights and responsibilities to you to help you make the right informed decisions as to your child's welfare.
I can assist you in reaching settlements regarding Child Maintenance Applications, Variation of Maintenance, Access, and Relocation Applications.
Whether you seek spousal maintenance or your spouse is making a claim against you, I have the necessary experience to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
There is no need to file for a divorce before applying for spousal maintenance.
I am ready to advise you, regardless of your circumstances.
Services & Fees
Quotation upon request