Judge rebukes pair in divorce dispute
21/2-year case 'a classic example' of how split should not be managed
Published on Aug 22, 2014 8:46 AM
It lasted 21/2 years, involved 47 affidavits, 21 pre-trial conferences, four summonses and four magistrates' complaints.
District Judge Regina Ow-Chang described the epic break-up of Singaporean IT consultant Rajat Sharma and his insurance executive wife Bhatara Shajia as "a classic example of how a matrimonial dispute should not be litigated".
Responding to her judgment grounds, lawyers have told The Straits Times that this case was one which could have been settled in a quarter of the time under the new Family Justice Act.
Enacted earlier this month, it seeks to replace the adversarial approach driven by duels between the parties with one led by a judge who controls the pace and direction of cases.
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