How to divorce in Singapore?

Feb 1st 2014 at 4:23 AM

Singapore Courts will have jurisdiction if either you or your spouse is domiciled in Singapore (treated Singapore as your enduring dwelling) at the start of the proceedings OR if either party has resided in Singapore for 3 years directly before the start of the proceedings.

You should have been wed for at least 3 years before filing for a divorce. However, you may obtain Court’s consent to file for a divorce before the 3 year bar if you can verify “exceptional depravity” or “exceptional hardship”.

Grounds for Getting a Divorce

There is only one ground for getting a divorce - that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

Details to prove “irretrievable breakdown” include:

• The Defendant pledged adultery and the Plaintiff finds it intolerable to live with the Defendant

• The Defendant has acted in such a manner that the Plaintiff will not sensibly be anticipated to reside with him/her

• The Defendant has abandoned the Plaintiff for 2 years without any aim of returning

• Parties have dwelled apart for 3 years and the Defendant consents to end marriage

• Parties have lived apart for 4 years

Divorce in Singapore is a 2-step process, being either contested or uncontested.

In the first stage, Courts will deal with the termination of the marriage itself. Here, the Court will decide whether the marriage should be dissolved. At the end of this stage, if successful, parties will receive an Interim Judgement.

In the second stage, the Court will deal with the Ancillary matters. These include division of matrimonial assets, dealing with custody of the children and maintenance of the wife and children. At the end of this stage, parties will receive a Final Judgments.

Before you start the divorce proceedings, you have to determine if you have the grounds to get a divorce.

If you have a lot of assets that you do not wish to lose, it is especially important to hire a family law expert. Whether you have a house, a retirement account, or several bank accounts, you should make sure to hire a reputable family law firm which has successfully allowed clients to keep most of their assets. Otherwise, you could end up losing it all just because you are trying to save some money early on in the process. It is important to look at the big picture in your divorce process as every decision you take will have a direct impact on your divorce proceeding.

Sherilyn Jar is an expert writer having vast experience about the Law industry. Currently, she is writing on various topics related to Divorce like Best Divorce Lawyer Singapore, Singapore divorce lawyer.

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