What is an annulment?
An annulment is a declaration by the Court that a marriage is not legally valid or has become legally invalid. Under Singapore law an annulment of marriage may be granted for a number of reasons, including non-consummation, either party being already married at the time of the marriage and other technical legal reasons.
How is a marriage annulled?
- You must apply to the court to annul the marriage by presenting a ‘Writ for Nullity’ within a reasonable period of time. In many cases this will be within three years of the marriage.
- The grounds for obtaining an annulment in Singapore are not always straight-forward and you will need to discuss your particular circumstances with a family law specialist.
How long does it take and how much does it cost?
If you are eligible and the case is uncontested (i.e. both parties agree to the annulment) it will take between four to six months to process on average.
- Unlike a divorce, which, if it is uncontested is usually does not require parties to attend Court, an annulment requires you to make a Court appearance.
- In a case of an uncontested annulment, the average fixed fee will be around S$2,500 (inclusive of GST and Court fees).
- In more complicated cases, for example, where a third party opposes the annulment resulting in you having to obtain and produce additional evidence, you would be advised to consult a family law practitioner. Our lawyers at Yeo Law are well versed in the various scenarios and well placed to represent you.