Cost/Fees of Divorce Lawyers In Singapore [5 Surprising Secrets]

by | Jul 9, 2021

Most Singaporeans opting to get a divorce would often wonder what affects the fees of a divorce lawyer. It’s common knowledge that when you want to consult or get a lawyer to help you with any case, you will need to fork out some money.

Divorce fees can be both affordable and expensive.

It really depends on whether you’re getting a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce. Consider the grounds of the divorce, too. Several factors that affect the cost of lawyers include whether they’re operating as a one-man-show, they belong to a big law firm, and the number of years of experience of the lawyer.

Get to know more about uncontested divorce fees in Singapore

An uncontested divorce simply means that two parties have agreed to a divorce. Also known as a simplified uncontested divorce, the process is often quicker and easier than a contested divorce. That’s also the reason why it’s often less expensive than the latter. 

Uncontested divorce fees are usually affordable

It ranges from S$1,500 to S$3,500. The fees will always depend on different factors such as having children, division of matrimonial assets, and maintenance arrangements.

How much does it cost to have a contested divorce in Singapore?

A contested divorce requires higher fees, especially if the spouses have children. If so, the lawyer would spend more time working on the case. When children are involved, child custody is often a factor that is discussed in the divorce proceedings. 

Contested divorce often starts from S$13,000 onwards which is obviously costly. Divorce lawyers usually spend more time in court fighting for their clients’ contested divorce cases. As such, the cost is significantly higher than an uncontested divorce case.

The good thing is that the fees are all-inclusive. There are no hidden setup fees or any other additional fees.

Affordable divorce fees from a trusted team of lawyers

Singapore Family Lawyer offers services to both contested divorce and uncontested divorce.

The typical fee structure depends on your individual situation. However, as a rough guideline, you can expect the following rates:  

$1,500 to $2,500 –  This is the range of the amount you should pay when there is no matrimonial property, children, and maintenance involved. Moreover, this particular range is also applicable when both parties agree to all terms and there is no negotiation required in the case. 

$2,500 to $4,000 – This already includes cases involving matrimonial property, children, and maintenance. This range of amounts also applies when there is still negotiation required in the case and when one party does not agree to all divorce terms.

For a more accurate quote, we highly recommend you to contact us here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Fees In Singapore

Is it expensive if two parties agreed to have a divorce?

No. It’s because this is called uncontested divorce where both spouses have agreed to have a divorce. This is easier and less expensive than the contested divorce.

Who is in charge of paying for the divorce fees in Singapore?

It depends on who filed or petitioned the divorce. The petitioner and respondent can also discuss this matter.

Why are contested divorce fees more expensive than the cost of uncontested divorce here in Singapore?

There are many reasons why contested divorce fees are relatively costlier than an uncontested divorce. This does not simply apply in Singapore, it’s also the case in other countries.

Two parties don’t agree to divorce terms when it comes to contested divorce, therefore, divorce proceedings could take longer. It involves numerous steps aside from pre-trial legal motions and hearings.

Do you allow installment payments for divorce fees? 

Yes, we do! We know that you need to keep track of your legal expenses that is why we made installment payments possible for our clients who need extra help financially. 

About the author

About the author

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.