Divorce is a legal procedure that ends the marriage. When you are legally married, the only way to end your marriage legally is to get a divorce.
To get a divorce in Singapore, you must:
- be a Singaporean or PR or lived in Singapore for at least 3 years.
- be married for at least 3 years.
Next, you need to show that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. You can show that your marriage had irretrievably broken down due to one or more of the following reasons under section 95(3) of the Women’s Charter:
- .Adultery: Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with your spouse.
- Unreasonable behaviour: Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with your spouse.
- Desertion: Your spouse has deserted you for at least 2 years.
- 3 years’ Separation with consent from the other party.
- 4 years’ Separation (consent from spouse not required).
Do you qualify for an Uncontested Divorce or Simple Divorce in Singapore?
To qualify for an Uncontested Divorce or Simple Divorce, you and your spouse must satisfy the following conditions:
- Your spouse must agree to the divorce. Do you agree to a divorce based on unreasonable behaviour, adultery, or separation?
- You and your spouse must agree to ancillary issues such as who is to have custody, care and control of the children, the manner of division of matrimonial assets and spousal and children maintenance.
- Both parties must sign a draft Interim Judgement agreeing to all ancillary matters.
Once you and your spouse sign the divorce papers, we are normally able to get your Interim Judgment within 1 month and your Final Judgment 3 months after that. You and your spouse are not required to attend court.
How long does a divorce take?
If your divorce is unconteseted, your entire divorce can be done in 4 months. You will first obtain an Interim Judgment (provisional divorce) in 1 month. After that, you will obtain your Final Judgment 3 months later.
If your divorce is contested, your divorce may take around 1 year for it to conclude.
How much are the court fees for a divorce?
If your divorce is uncontested, you should not be paying too much. At PKWA Law, our fees for an uncontested divorce are:
- $1,500 – where no court order is required for children, property and maintenance.
- $2,500 – where court order is required for children, property and maintenance.
Our fees above include everything (court filing fees and disbursements) but does not include GST. So, it is a very affordable and low cost fee for everyone.
Leave the hard work to us
Divorce is naturally a confusing and upsetting process. We understand and that is why we tell our clients to leave the hard work to us – simply provide us with the story, the documents and the evidence and we will do the rest for you. We will advise you on what you are entitled to and what you are not entitled to – so that you have a realistic picture of your case.
We dont want you to prepare your divorce case in a confusing and haphazard manner. We normally prepare our clients in a professional, systemetic way. Your lawyer should be preparing your case for you, and not the other way around.