No free mediation for divorcing couples worth $2 million

As of Jan 1, only divorcing couples with assets of a gross value of under $2 million will able to seek free mediation at the Family Justice Courts.
As of Jan 1, only divorcing couples with assets of a gross value of under $2 million will able to seek free mediation at the Family Justice Courts. PHOTO: ST FILE

Resources to focus on less well-off and disputes involving children, but move draws some flak

Wealthier divorcing couples fighting over money are being directed to private mediation services, as the Family Justice Courts (FJC) look to concentrate their free mediation resources on less well-off couples and those in disputes involving children.

Until Dec 31 last year, divorcing couples with assets of a gross value of under $3 million were able to seek free mediation at the FJC. Those above this threshold were directed to the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) for private mediation, which costs each party $3,000 a day.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'No free mediation for divorcing couples worth $2 million'. Print Edition | Subscribe