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Family law reforms not a quick fix, says judge

Jun 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Reforms in family law practice are far from being quick fixes, said the Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts, Justice Debbie Ong, adding that the entire system and understanding of family need time to develop.

"Does anybody actually think family law is static? People's attitudes and values can change over time too, especially over generations," Justice Ong said in an interview with the Singapore Academy of Law earlier this month.

Her remarks underline the "Hugely important role" family lawyers play as family law evolves amid a "Mindset change" and a "Non-adversarial" approach.

"Cases that do require court adjudication will likely be more complex and a more robust judge-led approach in these cases will be taken."

Lawyers will help shape strong and durable agreements on legal issues for the parties and this, Justice Ong added, will require understanding and experience on key aspects of family law.