This section provides information on resolving family disputes at the Family Justice Courts (FJC) through mediation conducted by the FJC.

For information on mediating MSS matters (maintenance claims for spouse and/or child), please click here.

For information on mediation by private mediation service providers, please click here.

The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The FJC cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any document.

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Resolving Family Disputes at the FJC

Family disputes are typically emotionally charged as they go to the heart of familial relations. Litigating your family matter can be expensive, stressful and upsetting for all involved.

With parties having on-going relationships as family members, often times, the process of litigation and eventual decision by the Courts may not ultimately resolve the relational aspects of the dispute.

Mandatory Counselling and Mediation in Court for cases with children less than 21 years of age

A child's well-being is the paramount concern of the FJC. Divorcing couples with at least one child below 21 years of age are required by law to undergo mandatory counselling and mediation at the Courts as part of the divorce proceedings.

Through counselling and mediation at the Courts, the Courts aim to help parents:

  • Identify and promote their children's best interests through mediation and counselling;
  • Build an appropriate and sustainable parenting agreement that allows their children to have meaningful relationships with both parents;
  • Effect positive co-parenting that is sensitive to the unique needs of their children; and
  • Find closure to the current acrimony and move forward.

The specialists in FJC comprise of:

  • Mediators who are specially appointed Judges, staff Family Mediators specialising in family mediation; and
  • Court Family Specialists who are specially appointed court mental health professionals with expertise in child welfare and family related matters.

Maintenance Mediation

The Maintenance Mediation Chambers (MMC) is a dedicated one-stop centre to deal with all the maintenance disputes through mediation at the FJC.  It offers a free mediation service to assist parties to resolve their maintenance disputes amicably.

When litigants make applications in Court for maintenance for self and/or child, or for enforcement or variations of existing maintenance orders, mediation appointments will be fixed at MMC for parties to attend at the FJC to mediate their maintenance disputes.

The MMC is located at level 2 of the FJC at 3 Havelock Square, Singapore 059725.