Ivan Cheong

Ivan Cheong

Family and Divorce
+65 6361 9341
+65 6438 0550

Ivan is a Partner in the Family and Divorce Practice Group where he has over 10 years of experience in all areas of family and matrimonial law such as contentious divorces, disputes over child custody, relocation of children, maintenance, division of matrimonial assets and family violence in the Family Justice Court (FJC) and Court of Appeal.

Ivan has been listed in the Doyles Guide for Leading Family & Divorce lawyers in Singapore for four consecutive years since 2017 and is identified as a Leading lawyer in the same guide in 2019 and 2020. He has been named by the Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s Top 20 ‘Most Influential Lawyers aged 40 and under in 2018’. Ivan is also identified as Future Star in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2020.

Ivan is the author of the chapters 'Practice and Procedure in relation to Children' and 'Other Applications relating to Children' in 'Law and Practice of Family Law in Singapore', a 2016 publication by Sweet & Maxwell. He is also a contributing author to ‘The Art of Family Lawyering’, a 2019 Special Edition publication by the Law Society of Singapore.

Ivan is one of the youngest Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, membership of which is exclusive to family lawyers with extensive experience in international disputes relating to maintenance, division of assets and children's issues. He has represented clients in reported landmark judgments such as TCT v TCU [2015] SGHCF 3 and UKM v Attorney-General [2018] SGHCF 18. The latter being a novel case that involved a father successfully seeking to adopt his own biological son who was conceived through surrogacy in a judgment that generated widespread international media attention.

Ivan is a member of the Law Society of Singapore’s Family Law Practice Committee, and is also an Organizing Committee member for the Family Conference for three years since 2018 which are organised by the Law Society and supported by the Ministry of Law and FJC where he also spoke. Ivan has been invited by various organisations both local and international to give talks on family matters. Some notable examples being invited by FJC to speak at the Family Mediation Symposium 2019 which was jointly organised by the FJC and Hague Conference on Private International Law where Ivan spoke about court annexed mediation.

Ivan is an accredited Family Mediator on the Singapore Mediation Center’s (SMC) Family Panel, a panel of family mediators accredited by the Family Justice Courts and SMC. He has also been appointed by the Law Society of Singapore as an Associate Mediator on its Panel of Mediators for the Law Society Mediation Scheme.

Ivan has been interviewed on radio and the national newspapers on matrimonial practice and the law as well as international media in relation to a contested adoption application by single homosexual father involving surrogacy that eventually succeeded on appeal in a landmark decision.

Ivan is an active volunteer at the Law Society Family Legal Clinic in the Family Justice Court and is also a Family Law Practice facilitator with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) where he teaches Matrimonial and Family law to law graduates who are undergoing their mandatory training before they can be called to the Singapore Bar.

Ivan was called to the Singapore Bar in 2008.

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