DIVORCE IN SINGAPORE
In Singapore there are three ways of getting a divorce.
There are some requirements that must be met before the Singapore Courts will entertain your application:
(a) Either Party MUST have resided in Singapore or habitually resided in Singapore for at least 3 years before the commencement of the divorce application.
(b) Parties MUST have been married for at least 3 years.
The Court may grant an exception to these requires if you are able to show that you suffer from exceptional hardship OR there is exceptional unreasonable and cruel behavior.
Once the Parties have agreed on having a divorce they must agree on the following:
1. Grounds of the Divorce
2. Division of the Assets
3. Issues on Custody, Care and Control of the Children
4. Maintenance for the Wife
5. Maintenance for the Children
If parties cannot agree on all these issues, then they cannot proceed to file an application for an uncontested divorce.
If parties are unable to agree on any of the 5 issues, then they may need a Judge to decide the issue for them, in such a case they will need to file a normal divorce application.
If both parties are Muslims or if the parties got married under the Muslim law then the divorce application will be dealt with by the Syariah Court of Singapore.
Pros & Cons
The Divorce documents can be prepared quickly.
The entire process will take about 4 months.
The legal costs is low.
The Divorce Application and the preparation of documents will take longer.
The entire process may take between 4 months to over two years.
The legal costs is high.