Understanding the divorce law in brief.
Planning a divorce is one of the toughest decisions in anyone’s life. In fact, no one takes up this decision wantedly and it is just that some relations do not work out well. Once you have decided to take up the divorce, you need to undergo several legal processes before the courts finally grant a divorce.
There are different laws that are followed in different countries. One has to undergo the legal divorce process of the country in which they live. While in some countries the process is simple, there are few other countries which deal with this situation strictly. This may include countries like Singapore.
The divorce in Singapore is a vague process that is judged in the family courts. It is necessary that you must be a Singaporean Citizen and have lived in Singapore for at least three years before your application to the Family Court for a divorce. Also, it is important for you to apply divorce at the Syariah Court of Singapore, if you are Muslim and were married under the Syariah Law.
In what situation one can file for divorce?
As per the Singaporean law one has to show a proof to the Judge of the Family Court with at least one of the following reasons mentioned below.
· Unreasonable behaviour
· Leaving either spouse for two years without any intention of returning
· It is important that both you and your spouse must have been separated for at least three years if you both want to file a divorce
· If your spouse does not agree, then you both must have been separated for at least 4 years before filing a divorce.
Filing a divorce for the marriage of Less Than 3 Years
If you want to file a divorce for a marriage that has existed for less than three years, then it can be done by obtaining the Court's permission. This is known as the "leave of Court" which get granted only when you prove that
· You have suffered extreme hardship
· Your spouse has behaved extremely bad
You need to take this decision when you feel that this is the only option left for you. This is because the court will find ways for you and your spouse to reconcile with consideration of your children.
Divorce proceedings in Singapore comprise of two stages:
1. The Interim Judgment
Here the court decides if its right to dissolve your marriage
2. Final Judgment
Here the court mainly deals with ancillary matters which further includes issues pertaining to children (if any), maintenance, and assets owned by either or both of you.
Overall, you need to follow all the divorce law and procedures when it comes to filing a divorce in Singapore. There are several online websites available for your counselling towards your divorce cases.