SMC offers a suite of alternative dispute resolution services including mediation, adjudication, Neutral Evaluation, and resolving disputes involving Internet domain names (Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy Service), families (Collaborative Family Practice) and infrastructure projects (Singapore Infrastructure Dispute-Management Protocol).
What is Collaborative Family Practice?
Collaborative Family Practice (CFP) is a scheme supported by the Family Justice Courts of Singapore and The Law Society of Singapore. It aims to help parties settle their matrimonial disputes out of court. Appointed CFP lawyers and other family specialists will work with the parties to negotiate an agreement that best suits the family.
The CFP lawyers may be selected from SMC’s panel of CFP lawyers who are practicing family lawyers with specialist training. Many are also accredited SMC mediators.
The CFP process may only take place before the start of any divorce proceedings. Both parties must also agree to participate in CFP before SMC can assist to take the matter forward.
A unique feature of this process is that CFP lawyers cannot represent their clients in future litigation if settlement is not reached. This gives a greater incentive for feuding parties and lawyers to settle their disputes through CFP’s joint sessions.
Benefits of Collaborative Family Practice
Confidential and less formal process
Unlike litigation, CFP is a less stressful and hostile process. It allows parties to be civil towards each other which is particularly important if they have children. The process is also confidential.
Trained CFP professionals
Specially trained CFP lawyers and other family specialists such as financial advisors and child experts work with the parties to negotiate an amicable agreement that best suits the family.
How do I apply for Collaborative Family Practice?
You can download the Collaborative Family Practice application form here and return the completed form to us by email, fax or mail.