Divorce In Singapore

Consideration For The Divorce In Singapore

According to the law from the Family Court of Singapore, the following are the basis of divorce in Singapore:

(a) That your spouse has committed adultery (i.e. had consensual sexual relations with a person other than yourself), and that you find it intolerable to live with him/her; and/or

(b) That your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her (for example, your spouse has committed family violence against you); and/or

(c) That your spouse has deserted you for a continuous period of at least 2 years just before you start your divorce proceedings; and/or

(d) That you and your spouse have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 3 years just before you start divorce proceedings, and your spouse agrees to the divorce; and/or

(e) That you and your spouse have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 4 years just before you start divorce proceedings. In this case, your spouse does not need to agree to the divorce.

Important Notations On The Divorce In Singapore

The options above can only be granted on the basis that any from the list exist and that the marriage has irretrievably broken down which is according to the Divorce Law of Singapore.

The exceptions states on item (a) that if you continue to live with your spouse for six months after discovery of the act of adultery, the plea of divorce will be denied.

Another is on item (c) whereby if the spouse still lives at home and is disregarded or being excluded from the house within two years is considered to be desertion by spouse. Divorce in Singapore as stated in items (d) and (e) states “living apart” that saying even if the both of you are living in the same address but have been living in different household and are not doing things that a marriage couple do together, that is still considered as living apart bearing mind that the separation is within three or four years just before deciding the divorce case.

Other Factors With Divorce In Singapore

Couples who got married in other countries can also avail of the divorce in Singapore, that saying before the divorce settlement, if one of the spouses had lived in Singapore for three years and also if one of you is a residence at the start of your divorce proceedings. But spouses can argue that their hearing be held in other country for other factors that they think are necessary to prove their case.

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