How Does Divorce Process Take Place in Singapore? Divorce has become common in Singapore nowadays, with couples opting to break matrimonial ties for many discernible reasons. Many people still do not know the legal procedure.
Read on – How Does Divorce Process Take Place in Singapore?
Before you consider divorcing your partner, you must first meet specific requirements. However, these requirements do not apply to you if you were married under Muslim law. Either you or your spouse must:
After meeting the above requirements, you must prove that you or your spouse cannot cohabit. Or there are no prospective grounds for reconciliation. The reasons recognized by the court of law are:
Before you file for divorce, the court must first ensure that you do not have children. Or in this case, any child under the age of 21.
If both you and your spouse cannot agree on the legal ground for the divorce, you will be required to attend a mandatory training program. It aims at enabling both of you to make informed decisions on the needs and priorities of your children.
The divorce procedure is then initiated in two main stages.
Your spouse is then given eight days to decide if they will contest or oppose the divorce or not. If they do, they will file a memorandum of appearance (MA) and a defense. The MA is simply the notice to the court to contest the claim you brought forward.
If they do not but wish to proceed on ancillary matters, they will file a memorandum of appearance to indicate the issues they wish to be heard on. The case then moves to the phase of the ancillary matter.
In this stage, both you and your spouse are required to fill three rounds of affidavits of assets and means. Revealing all assets and liabilities, expenditure, and income. If the net value of the assets is estimated at more than $1.5 million, the case will be handed to the high court.
After the ancillary matter is settled, both you and your spouse can apply for the final judgment after the lapse of three months since the passing of the interim judgment.