The decision to call it quits in your marriage may be hard, but despite that, there are many things you need to discuss with your soon-to-be former husband. In a divorce case, there are several contentious issues that must be discussed by both parties. These include the division of the properties and the financial worth of the family.

Division of Assets in a Divorce – What You Need to Know

  1. Save some money with an out-of-court settlement.

According to the resource for Singapore Legal Advice, after the first stage of the divorce proceeding, the court will give you a date for the APTC or the Ancillary Matters Pre-Trial Conference. This is held in the chambers, which means that it is not open to the public. In the conference, the deputy registrar will go over how to divide your assets.

If possible, try to come up with an out-of-court settlement regarding the division of your assets. Instead of conducting a hearing, you and your spouse can attend a counselling or mediation instead. This can reduce the costs of your divorce. Plus, an out-of-court settlement also requires less effort.

If you have a hard time reaching an agreement with your spouse, you and your spouse will need to attend a contested ancillary matters hearings. Both parties will be required to file an Affidavit of Assets and Means, which will be used by the court to make a decision. This affidavit is also referred to as Form 35. If your net matrimonial assets are below SGD 1,500,000, then your hearing will be held at the Family Court. If the assets are above SGD 1,500,000, then you will be attending the hearing at the High Court.

  1. Matrimonial assets include all of the properties that you and your spouse have acquired during your marriage.

Some examples of properties that may be considered as matrimonial assets include savings, vehicles, businesses, shares, insurance, antiques and jewellery. Such assets may be subjected to division during the divorce.

Properties that are usually used by the family may also be considered as matrimonial assets. Other properties that have been significantly improved by the parties during the marriage may be considered as matrimonial.

On the other hand, properties that were acquired as gifts or inheritances are generally not considered as matrimonial assets. Such properties are considered as separate assets unless the family refers to it as the matrimonial home.

  1. Prepare tangible pieces of evidence.

Gather tangible evidence that backs up your Affidavit of Assets and Means. These may include employment records, business documents, brokerage statements, banking records, income tax returns, property tax returns, and insurance documents. Keep these documents handy as some aspects of the divorce may be time sensitive.

  1. Various factors are taken into consideration in order to fairly divide your assets.

Under Singapore law, the court has the authority to decide on how matrimonial assets can be divided in a “just and equitable manner”. Using the Affidavits of Assets and Means as well as the financial documents, property ownership documents, and other pieces of evidence that you and your spouse have gathered, the court will try to divide your contested assets fairly.

The factors that will be considered include the extent of financial contributions by both parties, the extent of non-financial contributions for the welfare of the family, the debts owed by both parties, any prenuptial agreements with regards to the division of the matrimonial assets, the needs of the children, the needs of both parties, and the financial independence of both parties.

  1. Be aware of important details regarding your finances.

Financial information can be very sensitive. Make sure to be familiar with your financial accounts. Armed with the correct information, you will be able to help speed up the process of your divorce. Remember that even a little bit of lie may be able to nullify the case.

More information: Marriage Matters and Divorce Issues.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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