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Divorce in Singapore

How to Get a Divorce

The Divorce Process Explained

To get a divorce you must have been married for more than three (3) years. The procedure for obtaining a divorce under the divorce law of Singapore follows a sequential set of steps with various documents completed and filed at Family Justice Courts. Problems tend to arise when documents are completed incorrectly or there is disagreement between the parties involved.

If you appoint Yeo & Associates LLC to handle your divorce, your lawyer will complete all the paperwork on your behalf, provide advice and guidance at each of the steps and where necessary handle communication with your spouse and the solicitors on the other side of your case. This is covered in our fixed price divorce service.

For help with the divorce process contact Yeo & Associates LLC and speak with one of our divorce lawyers today.

 

The Divorce Process

Step One – Filing the divorce application

This step is the request to the court to start a divorce. The application contains the details of both parties and the reason for seeking the divorce – which has to be one of the five Grounds for Divorce.

The person applying for the divorce is referred to as the Plaintiff. The other party is referred to as the Defendant. If there is a third party, they are referred to as a Co-Defendant.

The divorce application, together with the marriage certificate are sent to the Court to start the divorce process.

Step Two – Service of the application

To apply to get a divorce under the

Step Three – Acknowledging service of the application

To apply to get a divorce under the

Step Four – Confirming the facts in your application

To apply to get a divorce under the

Step Five – Pronouncement of Interim Judgment

To apply to get a divorce under the

Step Six – Application for the Final Judgment for Divorce (Certificate of Divorce)

Six weeks and one day after the Interim Judgment is pronounced the Plaintiff can apply for the Final Judgment for Divorce i.e. the Certificate for Divorce. There is a standard application form. Only once this has been granted and sealed are the parties officially divorced.

If the Plaintiff fails to apply for the Final Judgment for Divorce, the Defendant can apply three (3) months later.

Step Seven – Receipt of the Final Judgment for Divorce (Certificate of Divorce)

Only once the Final Judgment for Divorce has been granted and sealed by the Family Justice Courts are the parties officially divorced. This is an important document and it should be kept in a safe place.

 

How long does a divorce take?

In a straight-forward case where both parties agree the grounds for divorce and complete and return paperwork quickly a case takes on average 4 – 6 months, and neither party has to appear in court at any stage.

If the parties cannot agree or delays are made in the completion and return of papers to the Courts this can extend the time it takes to complete a divorce.


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