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What are the main requirements for local courts to have jurisdiction in relation to Singapore Divorce proceedings?

2016-06-01T09:42:13+08:00

Singapore courts generally have jurisdiction over proceedings for divorce, judicial separation or nullity of marriage only if either of the parties to the marriage is:

  • Domiciled in Singapore at the start of proceedings
  • Habitually resident in Singapore for at least three years before the start of proceedings.

No writ for divorce can be filed unless at […]

What are the main requirements for local courts to have jurisdiction in relation to Singapore Divorce proceedings?2016-06-01T09:42:13+08:00

Are foreign marriages or civil partnerships recognised?

2016-06-01T09:41:32+08:00

Foreign Marriages

A foreign marriage may be treated as invalid for lack of capacity or other grounds of invalidity under the law of the place where the marriage took place. Formal validity of a foreign marriage is governed by the law of the place where the marriage was carried out.

A foreign marriage is valid under Singapore […]

Are foreign marriages or civil partnerships recognised?2016-06-01T09:41:32+08:00

What non-court-based processes exist to resolve marital disputes?

2016-06-01T09:40:52+08:00

Mediation is currently available in Singapore to resolve family disputes. Mediation can be conducted by a judge-mediator at the Family Resolution Chambers (or Maintenance Mediation Chambers, for maintenance issues) for disputes relating to:

  • Divorce
  • Custody, care and control of children
  • Maintenance
  • Division of matrimonial assets.
What non-court-based processes exist to resolve marital disputes?2016-06-01T09:40:52+08:00

I wish to come to an agreement with my spouse without having it being contested, how do I do that?

2016-06-01T09:40:16+08:00

Contested divorce and ancillary matters hearings take a long time, are much more costly, and can be acrimonious. It is best for you, your spouse and your children if you are able to agree on how to move forward with a divorce, and come to certain consensus.

The Family Relations Centre of the Family Court is […]

I wish to come to an agreement with my spouse without having it being contested, how do I do that?2016-06-01T09:40:16+08:00

I wish to oppose my wife’s Writ of Divorce

2016-06-01T09:39:03+08:00

It is advisable to consider if you wish to remain married to your wife, and also the ancillary issues relating to the children, property and maintenance.

You should not oppose simply because of emotion, pride or anger, as opposition to a divorce will lead to unwanted consequences, such as  acrimony, emotional distress, increased legal costs and […]

I wish to oppose my wife’s Writ of Divorce2016-06-01T09:39:03+08:00

I can’t find my wife, can I apply for a Divorce?

2016-06-01T09:38:20+08:00

You may proceed to commence your Singapore divorce application, but you will need to serve the relevant court papers on your spouse (the Defendant) in accordance with the relevant rules of Court.

I can’t find my wife, can I apply for a Divorce?2016-06-01T09:38:20+08:00

My marriage is under 3 years, can I divorce?

2016-06-01T09:37:36+08:00

If you have been married for less than three years, and want to apply for a divorce, you must get the Court’s permission to make your divorce application, called leave of Court.

Leave of Court will be given if you can prove that:-

  • you have suffered exceptional hardship during your marriage, or
  • your spouse has behaved with […]
My marriage is under 3 years, can I divorce?2016-06-01T09:37:36+08:00

Can I apply for a Singapore divorce myself?

2016-06-01T09:36:14+08:00

You may prepare your own divorce documents and file through a eLitigation service bureau, or engage a lawyer to represent you.

As there are complex court procedures and documents, it is advisable that you engage a lawyer, but if you can’t afford a lawyer, you may wish to approach the Legal Aid Bureau for assistance.

To commence […]

Can I apply for a Singapore divorce myself?2016-06-01T09:36:14+08:00

What are the Singapore courts system over family law matters such as divorce?

2016-06-01T09:35:20+08:00

The Family Justice Act 2014 established a comprehensive new structure, known as theFamily Justice Courts, to adjudicate on and resolve all family law matters. The FamilyJustice Courts consist of the:

  • Family Courts
  • Youth Courts
  • Family Division of the High Court.

These courts handle all family-related proceedings including divorces, children and parental rights, juveniles and youths, probate, succession […]

What are the Singapore courts system over family law matters such as divorce?2016-06-01T09:35:20+08:00
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