Child Adoption & The Status of Citizenship

Child Adoption & The Status of Citizenship

The principles of jus soli and jus sanguinis are usually applied to determine the citizenship of a person. Jus soli, which means ‘right of the soil’, explains that the citizenship is determined by the birth place of a person. Jus sanguinis, which means, ‘right of...
Divorce and Domestic Violence

Divorce and Domestic Violence

According to the statistics on violence against women provided by the Ministry of Women Family and Community Development, a total of 5796 cases of domestic violence were reported in 2016. The rising numbers of domestic violence cases reported to the police are a huge...
Postnuptial Agreements in Malaysia

Postnuptial Agreements in Malaysia

Many couples entering into marriage may have heard of prenuptial agreements, but most are surprised to learn that postnuptial agreements exist too.  A postnuptial agreement is an agreement that establishes how the couple’s assets will be divided in the event of a...
Spousal Maintenance in Divorce

Spousal Maintenance in Divorce

“It does not mean that you can only give the dependant just enough to put a little jam on his bread and butter…” Harman J in Re Borthwick (decd), Borthwick v Beauvais [1949] Ch 395 A divorce can be daunting so it is ideal if both parties discuss the terms...
Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce

Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce

When is the earliest time after marriage that a couple can apply for divorce? A petition for divorce whether it is a joint or single petition (contested or not contested) may be done after two years of marriage. Where a petition is presented before the expiration...
What is a Joint Divorce Petition?

What is a Joint Divorce Petition?

The phrase ‘joint petition’ or also commonly known as ‘uncontested divorce’ seems to be a rather incongruous pairing because when the word ‘divorce’ is brought up, it conjures images of a free-for-all war wherein everything from who takes custody of the children to...