Advice on Divorce Lawyers?

lifeforces27

New Member
Hi all,

I've decided to get my own lawyer to file for divorce.However in calling up a few firms to make an appointment for first consult, I ran into a few unexpected problems I've never come across in the States whenever I needed a lawyer.

1. Attitude Problem - a guy in Hong Lim Complex was downright rude and boorish, and I found out he was the head lawyer!

2. Lack of Confidence - a few firms didn't strike me as being professional at all. No greeting and introduction, no manners. I am thinking can I trust these people?

3. Yaya-ism - I was as honest as I could. I spoke to a few and told them I was willing to pay for an initial consultation just so I could get a feel for the lawyer I'd be working with, and see if our personalities match. They didn't see the rationale in that. One lawyer even passed me the number of another lawyer and firm, claiming that she was leaving the firm so couldn't take my case. Some didn't like my asking how long they'd been doing divorce cases.

4. No free consult - told me it was the norm for divorce cases to be no free consult unlike for other types of cases. Is this true?

I am sure that I would not be the only person to face this, yet it seems common. So I'd like advice on how to choose one, since it looks like I'll have go with one of these in the end. I'd also really appreciate pointers in divorce lawyers anyone has good experiences with.

Thanks!

LF27
 

simpleman

Active Member
lf27,

What are you looking at.. the divorce lawyer.. what is your expectation.. to help you protect your millions? Or to fight for custody?
 

lifeforces27

New Member
SM,

My expectations are to find a lawyer who can work with me fairly and without atttitude problem to

1. get the divorce done and paperwork put through with minimum fuss as my wife and I agreed to do i.e. uncontested

2. Be able to get nasty if she reneges and tries to get nasty with me and bilk me out of this and that

3. Importantly, to help me find a legal cause for divorce. We have what Hollywood tabloids would consider "irreconciliable differences", such as values, Life directions and goals, no longer in love, etc. But these all don't belong in the legal 5 always listed. So I need a lawyer to frame something for me so that there is a legally-acceptable reason for filing for divorce.
 

simpleman

Active Member
I would say, have everything agreed with you wife first.. it is much easier.. and the lawyer can do the paper work for you.. and for you wife to sign the consent order - after that, it should be plain sailing.

I don't see the need to have too much expectation of divorce lawyer when as you said yours is an uncontested one - not as if you have millions, or many assets or children to split..

If there are no reason then it has to be after 3 years of separation.. I don't think you can expect lawyers to cook something for you out of no where - I think you are being unrealistic if you expect your lawyer to "invent" something for you.
 

simpleman

Active Member
My lawyer is recommended by Doll.

I have spoken to her once on the phone to make appointment.

And twice: once to discuss about my divorce and another to sign the doc. Very easy and the most pleasant experience.

They are professionals? Why you care so much if they greet you or not? And to match personality? Why don't you ask them for their horoscope?

I mean, they are professionals. As long as they are not "rude" and give us professional advice - we should be able to deal with that. Who cares much about their personality? As long as they are responsive to us.
 

sgbabydoll

Active Member
"They are professionals? Why you care so much if they greet you or not? And to match personality? Why don't you ask them for their horoscope?"

TS, you want customer service or professional service? Honestly, if you are looking at engaging a lawyer on retainer basis for all sorts of legal counsel that you will need in the long run, I would say "chemistry" would be important. Otherwise, you won't need your divorce lawyer again after the divorce is closed.
 

ange0309

New Member
Hi,

if you are looking for a patient lawyer, I can recommend you mine. He managed to settle everything for me w/o me needing to appear in court. PM me if you need his contact.
 

enxuan

New Member
if looking for good service and attitude, look for Allen & Gladhill, 6890 7167 but ex. Their lawyers are damn good service, if u really need.

If looking for budget, kk lee & partners 9617 1582. My HTB paid $2700 for everything for divorce with child custody. Attitude wise, i wont comment... * know wad i mean... but not too bad la..
 

enxuan

New Member
forget to add, the payment includes express service as his ex wife and i are pregnant and need it to be done before her due date in dec.
 

helenho

New Member
hi, need to check what if during separation does the mum can bring child move out? Mother have the right i supposed? Cos the child still year 2. The father have no right to control right?
 

helenho

New Member
but what if the mother without "interim custody" , she still have to right to move out without his control? mother still have the right?
 

ahlam

New Member
Hi, does anyone know what will be the rough cost with child custody? My hubby say if i would take my child, he will rather die with me. Haizzzz
 

fsy

New Member
Hi Doll, I have PM you requesting the contact details of the Lawyer you recommend. Thank you very much in advance.
 

viethai

New Member
Hi everyone, I just got my uncontested divorce with a foreign bride resolved. Initiate the divorce proceeding in June 2011,got my interim judgement in Aug 2011 and final judgement in Nov 2011. Now feel released cause this has been traumatising me for the last 6 years. Anyone looking for good divorce laywer, please email me at viethai2002@hotmail.com. God bless
 

jteh

New Member
Hi, just found myself become a Defendant - received the documents from wife's lawyer last Wed.. Need your kind help to engage lawyer on what next to do.
I can't really afford exp lawyers (was PMET but now a mechanic). A good, reasonable lawyer with affordable rates will be great. May need to go through a contest in the suit...
Thank you so much!!
 

ed3232

New Member
Hi, you can get free consultation fro Ms Gloria James-Civetta.
She will take you through the whole Divorce processs and costs involved,shes very helpful and patient.She`s at Excelsior Hotel Shopping centre, level 3.
Phone contact 63370469
 

redlabit

New Member
I've recently completed my divorce and only spent $1450 in total for the whole process. My case is sort of complicated as it involves divorcing with a non Singaporean. I was initially worried about high lawyer fees, but I'm glad I made several inquiries to check out the fees and charges.

In any case, I would highly recommend my lawyer for those of you who wants good and sound divorce advises. He gives free consultation over the phone as well without obligations.

My lawyer's name is Raymond and you can call him at 6222 1004. Tell him Willy recommended you and you may get better prices.
 

enah

New Member
Goodevening..ive been calling to the said number..but operator answer the handphone..because i am looking for a lawyer..thanks kindly..heres my number 97946684..contact me pls..
 

raven_mama

New Member
Hi hi,

I would like to have some recommendations for lawyers contacts that do separation and divorce too.
Currently have a hdb no kids.

I found one recently, but have not started yet their consultation yet, so just looking for more recommendations.

Please PM me. thanks.
 

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