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Divorce & Family Matters


About us

Welcome to Gloria James-Civetta & Co, a leading family law firm in Singapore, providing comprehensive legal services in the areas of Divorce and Family law.

With a team of experienced and dedicated family lawyers, we are committed to helping our clients navigate the complexities of family-related legal matters with compassion, sensitivity, and expertise.

“Whatever your situation, our family law practitioners are here to offer you sensitive, easy-to-understand, and cost-effective legal advice.”

Our divorce lawyers will explain the following during your consultation:

  • Assess if you meet the conditions to file for divorce in Singapore.
  • The different stages of the divorce process, through our customised divorce flow chart.
  • Address all the major issues that may apply, such as custody & support of any children, spousal support, division of assets, and debts.
  • Help you understand your legal rights, responsibilities, and issues applicable to you.
  • Answer any questions related to how the divorce process in Singapore works.
  • Help you explore your divorce options.
  • Offer you divorce literature for further reading.

Our services extend beyond divorce proceedings, covering a wide spectrum of family law matters. Whether it’s child custody and visitation arrangements, spousal maintenance, division of matrimonial assets, or adoption, our skilled lawyers are equipped to provide tailored legal solutions that align with our clients’ unique needs and objectives.

We aim to help minimise the impact that divorce will have on you and your family and make the process of divorce as stress-free as possible.

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Our Lawyers

Gloria James Civetta

Gloria James-Civetta

DID: +65 6337 0469
Main: +65 6337 0469

Head Lawyer

Gloria has been in practice for 28 years. In the course of her legal career, she has gained considerable experience and knowledge in the area of Family Law, with an approach to handle cases effectively and efficiently in a cost-effective manner.

She is a skilled litigator and negotiator who has handled many complex financial and custody cases, successfully representing local & international clients and Singapore`s expatriate community.

Her constant training as a Mediator and Collaborative Family Law Practitioner has helped her provide additional services to her clients, enabling them to consider the alternative route to litigation in taking their case forward.

Her strong working relationship with other Collaborative practitioners has led successful settlement for cases under the collaborative and mediation route.


  • Notary Public (Singapore)
  • Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore) 1996
  • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn – UK) 1995
  • LL.B (Hons) (University of Wolverhampton – UK) 1993
  • Associate Mediator – Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Associate Mediator – Primary Dispute Resolution Centre, State Courts of Singapore
  • Family Mediator (Family Justice Courts and SMC Family Panel)
  • Child Representative Lawyer (Appointed by the Family Justice Courts)
  • Parenting Coordination Lawyer (Family Justice Courts)
  • Primary Justice Lawyer (State Courts of Singapore)
  • Collaborative Family Practice Lawyer
  • Certificate-in-Mediating Disputes (Harvard Law School)
  • Certificate-in-Mediation Skills ADR (Regent’s University of London)
  • Certificate-in-Negotiation at Säid Business School (University of Oxford)
  • Certificate-of-Attendance in 40 Hours of Family Mediation Workshop (Singapore Mediation Centre & Erickson Mediation Institute)
  • Certified CDC Divorce Coach® (Certified Divorce Coach Board of Standards)

Chong Xin Yi (Liesel)

DID: +65 8429 2500
Main: +65 6337 0469

Senior Lawyer

Liesel provides a wide range of family law services to her clients. She has helped numerous locals and expats to end their marriages with dignity in both contested and uncontested divorces.

Liesel prides herself on being a good listener who knows the right questions to ask to get to the heart of her clients’ difficulties.

Understanding that divorce evokes a range of complex emotions, she is particularly talented at managing client expectations, helping them avoid impractical, emotion-based demands and remain focused on effective strategies that will help bring their situation to productive and agreeable resolution.

Liesel tailors her services to meet each of her client’s particular family law need. She takes the time to share knowledge and resources that help clients to navigate both the emotional and legal processes of a divorce, enabling them to feel more in control.

As she is fluent in English and Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese and German, she can communicate well with people of diverse backgrounds.


  • Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore), 2014
  • LL.B. (High Merit) SMU 2013
  • Associate Mediator – Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Certificate in Practical Counselling (Academy of Human Development)

Sandra Ong

DID: +65 8317 2594
Main: +65 6337 0469

Senior Lawyer

Sandra has a keen interest and passion for family law.

This is reflected by her broad experience in all facets of family-related legal issues, such as will-drafting, probate and administration, divorce and ancillary matters, adoption, and guardianship matters.

Sandra is always willing to hear out her clients’ issues, and to find the ideal solution that will help them move on from difficult situations. While vigorously defending her clients’ interests, Sandra is also cognisant of the conciliatory approach in family disputes.

Sandra is both sympathetic and empathetic towards her clients, and as such will assist to find the best outcome for all parties involved.

Under Singapore family law, the welfare of the child is of paramount importance. Likewise, where children are involved in family disputes, there is inherent tension in preserving parental relations and defending one parent’s interest against another.

Further, Sandra has had the opportunity to learn and practice Syariah law, advising and representing Muslim clients in divorce proceedings.


  • Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore), 2017
  • LL.B (Hons) (University of Southampton – UK), 2015
  • Diploma in Law & Management (Temasek Polytechnic), 2012
  • Certificate in Practical Counselling (Academy of Human Development)
  • Certificate in Trust Services (WMI)

Sara Aziz

DID: +65 8590 4279
Main: +65 6337 0469

Associate Lawyer

Sara is experienced in Family Law and is well-versed in various matrimonial matters for both local and expatriate clients.

She approaches her work with sincerity and compassion and understands the difficult process of going through a divorce and strives to achieve the best results for her clients by adopting an approach which is settlement focused.

Sara is proficient in a wide range of matrimonial matters, such as Contentious and non-contentious divorce proceedings, Maintenance / Child Custody issues, Marital agreements, Variation of order applications, Annulment, and Appeal proceedings at the High Court and Court of Appeal; and

As a litigator, Sara has been involved in the following notable cases:

• TIC v TID [2018] SGCA 75 – landmark Court of Appeal case where we successfully resisted an appeal. The Court held, for the first time, that the party who would take over the matrimonial share of the matrimonial property should solely bear the ongoing mortgage and property tax payments pending the transfer of the matrimonial property;

• VXQ v VXR [2021] SGHCF 38 – successfully obtained a favourable decision for client’s share of the matrimonial assets in a contested Ancillary Matters hearing;

• VQZ v VRA [2022] SGFC 79 – successfully obtained Interim Judgment for contested divorce proceedings. The Court held that the other party’s behaviour was unreasonable and client had met the burden required to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage;

• Unreported decision (HCF/DCA 81/2020) – successfully resisted an appeal for variation of child’s care arrangements, where the Court held that the other party did not prove that there was a material change in circumstances;

• Unreported decision (HCF/DCA 29/2021) – successfully resisted an appeal for variation of maintenance, where we convinced the Court that the other party did not provide sufficient evidence of a material change in circumstances.


  • Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore), 2018
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Manchester, 2015
  • Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, 2016
  • Certificate in Practical Counselling (Academy of Human Development)