Getting a divorce in Singapore

How to get a divorce in Singapore:

Marriage is the when two individuals decide to spend the rest of their lives together, but sadly in some cases, it does not work out as expected. Any issue between two individuals can be sorted out with patients and love, but if you feel you’ve given your best and yet things aren’t working out, opt for a divorce.

Divorce in Singapore is a two-part process and has a set of rules that have to be followed before you get a finalization of the divorce. This article explains the process to be followed to legally separate from your partner.

Part 1: The court’s decision about ending the marriage

In this part, the person filing for the divorce (known as Plaintiff) has to carry out the following steps:

Step 1: Start preceding

Start by creating the following documents:

  • Writ or summons for the divorce.
  • Statement of the claim
  • Statement of particulars
  • Acknowledgement of service
  • Memorandum of appearance
  • In case the couple has kids below the age of 21, the following documents must be submitted:
  • Proposed Parenting Plan – In case no agreement has been made in prior
  • Agreed Parenting Plan – In this case, an agreement regarding the kids have been made
  • In case the couple owns a Housing and Development (HDB) flat :
  • Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan
  • Agreed Matrimonial Property PlanThe final part of this step is paying the required fees.

Step 2: Service

The second step involves the following actions:

Start by filing your documents with the Lawnet and Crimsonlogic service bureau.
The documents one submitted will be accepted for filing by the Family Registry given that it is in order.
The documents will then be affixed with a court seal and must be forwarded to the defendant.

Step 3: Court preceding

Request for the trial to begin if the defendant has no dispute over the claims and settlements and both the parties agree to the divorce.
If the defendant chooses to ignore the divorce petition, the plaintiff has the right to ask the court to decide a hearing date.

The court may then proceed and grant the divorce on a hearing date in the absence of the defendant.

Step 4: Divorce Hearing

In case the divorce is uncontested (both the parties agree to the divorce), the next court date is considered as the divorce hearing date.

In case the divorce is contested, the next court date is considered as the case conference date, and a court trial will be carried out to settle the case.

If the case is settled and the marriage has completely broken down, the judge will grant an interim judgment which acts as a temporary order for divorce.

Part 2: Ancillary Process:

Step 5: Ancillary Matter Pre-Trial process

This step calls for an ancillary matters case conference

Step 6: Ancillary Matters Hearing

If both the parties agree on the ancillary matters an agreed ancillary matters hearing is fixed and both the parties sign the agreement order. If both the parties do not agree to the ancillary matters, then the case can be transferred to the family division of the High Court.

Step 7: Finalizing the Interim Judgement (3 months after the interim judgment)

Application to finalize the interim judgment has to be submitted
Once this has been accepted, the divorce is finalized, and the individuals are allowed to remarry. Divorce is a long, painful process. Push your limits and save your marriage. There’s a solution to every problem.