How to File for Divorce in Singapore

By: Scott Elliott

What is a Divorce?
A divorce is the legal procedure that ends a marriage.

When a Judge of the Family Justice Courts in Singapore grants your divorce, he or she will hand down an Interim Judgment of Divorce. This is the end of the first stage of your divorce proceedings.

The Interim Judgment does not settle issues such as 'ancillary matters'. Ancillary matters are issues relating to property, maintenance or children.They are dealt with only after the Court has granted the Interim Judgment. This is the second stage of divorce proceedings.

How to file for a Divorce in Singapore
Who can apply for a divorce in the Family Justice Courts?

You can get a divorce in the Family Justice Courts in Singapore if you or your spouse

  • Are a Singapore Citizen
  • Have lived in Singapore for at least three years before you apply for a divorce in the Family Justice Courts
  • Are domiciled in Singapore

You cannot apply for a divorce in the Family Justice Courts

  • If you have been married for less than three years unless you have the Court’s permission to do so (Under section 94 of the Women’s Charter).
  • If you and your spouse are Muslims, or were married under the Muslim law.

What are the legal requirements for a divorce?

A Family Justice Courts judge must agree that your marriage has ended before. Legally, the Judge must find that your marriage has irretrievably broken down.

To prove that your marriage has ended, you must show the Court that one or more of the following facts is true:

that your spouse has committed adultery, and you find it intolerable to live with him or her

  • That your spouse has deserted you for at least two years
  • If your spouse does not agree to the divorce, that you and your spouse have been separated for at least four years.

How do I file for divorce proceedings?

1. Do it Yourself
File a Writ for Divorce, Statement of Claim and Statement of Particulars. If you are the spouse applying for a divorce, you are the plaintiff. Your spouse is the defendant.

What You must know about Divorce

  • Most divorce can be a long and tedious affair which involves hanging around court rooms and lawyer offices throughout the duration of the trial. The idea of having to go through a divorce is dreadful for most people but the procedure itself can be just as exhausting and taxing both emotionally and financially.
  • However, in the 21st century, it is not necessary that a divorce has to be long drawn out and tiring. In fact, quick divorces are available on demand. If your relationship has just about dissolved and you want to end things within the fastest possible time duration, going for a quickie divorce is the ideal solution.

A quick divorce is an ideal solution in terms of finances.
It is an inexpensive way of obtaining one and also speeds up the process while eliminating any requirement for your presence in the court. This procedure is particularly ideal for couples that do not have children or are mutually agreed on key issues such as splitting of assets and other properties. For a simplified or quick divorce, however, there are some requirements that need to be met in order to be eligible.

How to Get a Quick Divorce:

  • There has to be mutual agreement between spouses that the marriage cannot be salvaged. If you can get a mutual agreement with your spouse, your lawyers will have an easy time preparing your divorce cases.
  • The couple should not have any minor children.
  • Mutual agreement between spouses on how marital property should be divided.

While a lawyer is not really required for this proceeding (since it is mutually agreed) but can be approached in case of any legal query that you or your partner may have. While this process is undoubtedly quick and comparatively less stressful, you may just want to get legal consultation in case, you have any doubts regarding the agreements that you are negotiating as a way to protect yourself.

With this information, go ahead and decide what works best for your situation with confidence.

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