7 Reasons Why You Need A Syariah Divorce Lawyer
Most people think lawyers only come in handy when there is a Court Trial like in the movies. The reality is, there are many things that a Syariah Divorce Lawyer can do for you even before a Court Trial begins. Here are 7 reasons why you can benefit from hiring a lawyer:
1 – Understanding Your Rights And Entitlements
As a muslim wife in Singapore, do you know that you are entitled to some of your husband’s CPF? This however only applies in cases where there has been a long marriage.
But what is considered as a long marriage? Is there a fixed percentage amount that you will be getting? Will your chances to your claim improve when there are children involved?
Do you also know that you can apply for an Interim Court Order to see your children? This order really helps a lot when your access to see your children is denied by your spouse.
For both husbands and wives, being unaware of your entitlement(s) can be a disadvantage to you. We all want to be treated fairly and move on with our lives and leave this ugly episode behind us.
Speaking to a lawyer will ensure that you will not have any unanswered questions and your entitlements are sought for. More importantly, you can avoid the prolonged resentment and anger towards anyone else, yourself included.
2 – Avoid Lengthy Divorce Proceedings And Court Hearings
It is quite alarming too that more than half of divorce proceedings take longer than they should. It’s always best to resolve divorce proceedings as soon as possible so that both parties can then move on with their lives.
It’s very unhealthy to be all stressed out day in and day out, sometimes for years on end. One of the reasons for prolonged divorce proceedings can be because of one or two court hearings which are really unnecessary.
Why this is so – is because a lot of issues can be settled amicably at the mediation stage. You should find out and be aware when your (ex) spouse has made a good, or fair offer on the divorce. A lawyer may be able to advice you on this.
The case can then be settled, instead of dragging it to a court hearing unnecessarily. Imagine how much time and heartache you can avoid.
3 – Getting A Court Order For Your Child Access
There are also individuals who are willing to move out of their matrimonial home before their divorce is even finalised. This can be a situation whereby one party is willing to ‘give in’ to avoid daily squabbles or when the couple can’t see eye-to-eye.
In doing so, there are cases when the access to their own children were denied by the other party (or family). There could be many excuses given or used. This can be the hardest part a parent can go through. Don’t be a victim.
If you’re a victim of such scenarios, lawyers are also able to assist parents who have been denied access to their children by taking out an Interim Summons Application.
This is an urgent order that the court can make on – when you can see your children before your final hearing, where the Final Order will be made.
4 – Excuse From Court Hearings
Do you hate going to court for hearings? Imagine dragging yourself out of bed and making your way to Syariah Court or Family Court for Pre-Trial Conferences (PTCs).
In some cases, you will only need to attend the mediation and final hearing. Having a lawyer representing you definitely helps if your schedule is very tight. This usually happens when someone has other pressing or urgent matters to attend to.
5 – Hassle-Free Forms Submission
We’ve also come to realise that a lot of people do not know the correct way of filling up their forms, so that they comply with legal requirements. These forms are especially important for your court proceedings.
There may be implications if the forms are put up wrongly. Having the forms submitted without error ensures that your applications goes smoothly and hassle-free. These forms may be new and complicated for some who do not understand the terms commonly used. But to an experienced and meticulous lawyer like us, we will be able to take care of this for you.
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6 – Unable To Serve Divorce Documents
It is important to serve (deliver) a document to an opposing party, in this case – your spouse. Sometimes a spouse cannot be found and a Substituted Service application may be required via Whatsapp or Berita Harian for example.
If you are unable to serve the divorce documents personally on the person and get him/her to acknowledge, you may have to proceed via other means such as Whatsapp, Email, Facebook but you will need to apply for a Court Order for that.
This is what it meant by Substituted Service. There is a procedure to undergo before the Court grants the order. You will also need to provide proof of compliance with the practice directions before being able to proceed to the next steps.
This is a stumbling block that a lawyer will be able to take care of for you, so that you can move on to the other required steps, instead of being stuck and uncertain.
7 – Husband’s Refusal To Pronounce Talak
Have you ever heard of circumstances where the case is unable to proceed? One very common example is when Talak or Talaq has not been pronounced especially due to husbands’ refusal or absence. An experienced lawyer will be able to advise and proceed on other methods such as Cerai Taklik, Fasakh and Cerai Hakam.
If you’re an introvert and seldom speak up your mind, chances are you’re the type of person most likely to agree with whatever is presented to you. This may not be beneficial for you or your children in the long run.
Knowing your rights and entitlements will ensure that you will have a peace of mind that you are being treated fairly.
Nobody likes lengthy court proceedings too. You should avoid unnecessary or additional court hearings when there is no need to. Try to find out and understand the whole divorce process first so that you can make better decision instead of relying on hear-say. No two cases are alike.
Everyone knows that – no child should ever be separated from their parents. If you’re denied access to your children, don’t just keep quiet. Reach out and talk to someone to find a suitable solution.
There are parents who kept quiet and ‘hope’ that things will improve in the near future. The problem with that is – you can’t change things for the better, by doing the same things that are NOT working.
Speaking to a lawyer for consultation will not incur any fees on your part. Normally a lawyer will tell you in advance especially when he or she has already used the term “Free Consultation”.
Use this to your advantage and get as much information as possible.
This is very useful and helpful if you’re the type of person who has tons of questions. Tips for you: Write down your questions in advance so that you will not be left with unanswered questions.
If you’re feeling lost and don’t know where to turn to, hiring a divorce lawyer will;
- save you the hassle of filling up numerous complicated forms
- ensure that you’re getting represented in you BEST interest
- advise you on what is a “fair and good” offer(s)
- ensure that you WILL NOT be taken advantage of
- be fully advised on your rights and entitlements
- give you access to legal advice especially when your spouse has a lawyer
- give you a peace of mind and enable you to focus on things that matters to you
We are here to assist those whom wish to proceed with a divorce or are in the midst of divorce proceedings. Engaging a lawyer is not compulsory but it is definitely helpful especially when there is a lot at stake.
As lawyers, our professional duty is to represent our clients through their divorce proceedings and we will not advise on whether it is better for you to divorce or not. That is a decision that you will have to make on your own.
We do give out TWO FREE Consultations with us, so that you may be in a better position to make the right decisions for yourself.
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