Divorce Procedure In Singapore
1. A divorce can be achieved in Singapore if you or your spouse:
i. is/are a Singapore citizen
ii. have lived for three years in Singapore before applying for divorce
iii. is/are domiciled in Singapore
2. A divorce cannot be achieved if:
i. it has not been three years since the marriage, unless the Court allows you under exceptional circumstances.
3. In addtion to the marriage being more than three years, and having achieved pargraph 1 above, you will have to also satisfy the court pursuant to Section 95 of the Women’s Charter that your marriage has ended (in that, it has irretrievably broken down). To prove to the court this, you will have to satisy one of the following facts:
i. that your spouse has committed adultery, and you find it intolerable to live with your spouse.
ii. that your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her
iii. that your spouse has deserted you for at least 2 years
iv. that your spouse and you have separated for at least three years and your spouse’s consent is required
v. that your spouse and you have separated for at least four years, your spouse’s consent is not required
What do you do when you want to Oppose the Writ of Divorce served on you?
If you wish to oppose the Writ, it is extremely crucial for you to follow the procedures as stipulated. If you do not follow them and ignore the document, you may find yourself in a position where the court orders the Plaintiff’s claim in the Writ against you.
Can you reconcile your Marriage and all Related Matters When documents have been filed?
Where the Writ of Divorce has been filed and served, it does not necessarily mean that there is no room for negotitation. You should follow all required procedures and at the same time make an attempt, at very least, to reconcile all matters, if possible.