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What You Need to Know About Civil Divorce in Singapore

Are you seeking a divorce in Singapore? If yes, then you need to be mentally, emotionally, and economically ready to handle the procedure. Moreover, a split-up is a stressful process and is followed by many stressful matters that can disturb your life. However, you can stay relaxed by hiring our expert divorce lawyers as they will ensure a smooth procedure and favourable outcomes.

Since divorce can significantly affect your life, it’s good to know about the requirements, your rights, obligations, and emotional aspects in advance. In this context, we have discussed some important points in the following sections. Read on.

Prerequisites for the civil divorce in Singapore

There are several prerequisites you must fulfil before you can apply for the divorce in Singapore. i.e.


First of all, you or your spouse must be a citizen of permanent resident of the country. If not, either of you should be living in Singapore for at least 3 years before the divorce proceedings can be started.

3 years of marriage

Another important requirement you have to fulfil before you can go further in the legal process of ending your marriage is that you should have completed at least 3 years of your married life.

Grounds for the divorce

The applicant can get an exemption from the requirement of 3 years of married life in certain circumstances. i.e.;

Exceptional hardship

One of the common grounds for ending a marriage is exceptional hardship. In this case, the person has to prove that he/she is not able to continue the married life due to intolerable circumstances like cruelty or unjust behaviour. The court may allow you to proceed for the divorce considering this reason even if you have not completed 3 years of your married life.

Irretrievable breakdown

Apart from the above reasons and requirements, there can be some other grounds on which you can apply for the divorce. They are called irretrievable breakdown and includes adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, and separation.

If your spouse is indulged in adultery and if you have evidence, you can get a divorce on this ground. Similarly, violence, absence of sex since a long time, restriction from socialization, addiction of drug, gambling, and spouse not giving time for the married life are also among the reasons due to which a person can split up legally.

Divorce is also granted when your spouse deserted you and you are living separately for at least 2 years at the time of divorce proceedings. Further, you have to prove that your spouse is not willing to live with you.

Apart from this, if you two are living separately for at least 3 years continuously, you can file a divorce application. In this case, both the parties should be agreed for the split-up and should prove that they are living apart by choice.

Stages of the divorce process in Singapore

The divorce process in Singapore requires all the parties involved to go through two stages in order to reach to the final judgement.

The first stage involves the termination of the marriage. This decision is taken by the court based on the criteria and arguments of the parties involved.

The second stage deals with post-divorce matters, i.e. fair division of assets, child’s custody, an amount for the maintenance of spouse and/or child, etc.

How we help

We have been providing legal services in Singapore for years with our expert team of civil divorce lawyers. They are experienced and committed to providing the best guidance to the clients leading to the most desirable outcomes. Do not hesitate to approach us. Our team will be quick in response and will guide you to the next steps.