In 2019, the Singapore courts released decisions featuring an interesting blend of international elements. The Court of Appeal adjudicated its first case on financial relief consequential on foreign divorces and the High Court released a decision on sham marriages to obtain an immigration advantage. It is evident that local family law is evolving to cater to the needs of an increasingly globalized community in Singapore.
The division of matrimonial assets is another area of family law which evolved in 2019. The applicability of the structured approach set out in ANJ v ANK  4 SLR 1043 has generated much discussion amongst practitioners and academics alike. In connection with this, there has been a judicial push towards equal division in long marriages and clarification on the utility of the structured approach.
In addition to reviewing the developments in case law, the panel will include a discussion on how a therapeutic justice approach in the family justice system could promote positive change.
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