Divorce

What Is Divorce?

Divorce in Singapore is the legal procedure to terminate a marriage by Court judgement. Aside from effectively dissolving a marital union, a divorce is also concerned with handling marital issues and disputes regarding child custody, alimony, child support and division of assets. Each party should have a family lawyer to counsel and represent him or her during the proceedings.

Singapore divorces will follow a two-stage process. The first stage is the dissolution of marriage, which involves the decision of the Court to grant an Interim Judgment due to irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The second stage concerns the settlement of ancillary matters, including custody and spousal maintenance. Unless the second stage is completed, the divorce cannot be finalized.

Divorce

What Is Simplified or Uncontested Divorce?

A simplified or uncontested divorce in Singapore is a type of divorce wherein both spouses have mutually agreed to dissolve the marriage and settle all ancillary matters amicably. At the time of filing, both parties have already indicated their consent to the divorce and all the ancillary matters. The case will be fixed for an administrative hearing. If everything is in order, the Court will usually grant the Interim Judgment at this hearing. This is ideal as the divorce proceedings are resolved amicably, legal costs are capped and the Final Judgment can be obtained within four months from the time of filing the papers.

Who Is Eligible for a Divorce?

Under the Singapore Divorce Law, parties who wish to file for a divorce must meet the following eligibility requirements:
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At least three years of marriage, unless the Plaintiff can prove that he or she has greatly suffered from the marriage (e.g., exceptional hardship or extreme cruelty of the defendant).
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One party must be a Singapore citizen or has been habitually residing in Singapore for three years before commencing the divorce proceedings.
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The Plaintiff must prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.

How to File for Divorce in Singapore?

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What Are the Legal Grounds for Divorce in Singapore?

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How Much Does It Cost to File a Divorce in Singapore?

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How Long Does a Divorce Process Take?

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Can I Get a Divorce Even if My Spouse Refuses?

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Can I Get a Divorce Even if My Spouse is Missing?

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About Our Lawyers
Amy Lim
Eunice Ong
Amy Lim
Amy Lim
Amy Lim is an experienced family lawyer in Singapore. Drawn to this area of practice due to her own personal life experience, she has a soft spot for women in disadvantaged or abusive relationships. Her advice and approach are always sensible and intended to help you transition to the next stage of your life as painlessly as possible. Whilst always advocating peaceful and amicable resolutions to family disputes, she also has extensive experience in litigating contentious divorce matters.

Amy obtained her Law Degree from the National University of Singapore in 2003. She is an accredited family mediator with training in handling international family disputes; and is also a Collaborative Family Practice lawyer.

Eunice Ong
Eunice Ong
Eunice graduated with a degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore in 2011. Deciding that a career in law would give her better opportunities to serve the community, she pursued a law degree at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2016 followed by a Masters in Law in Barcelona, Spain the following year.

Eunice speaks fluent Mandarin, French and Spanish and brings an international and multi-disciplinary perspective to the family issues that come before us. She works closely with Amy on all the cases and has successfully conducted mediations and hearings/trials in the Family Court.

In her free time, Eunice enjoys playing the drums, tennis, watching football, and reading sports auto(biographies).

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