There are situations when a marriage cannot be saved. If you’ve decided to file for a divorce then you need to understand the laws in Singapore.
The grounds for divorce in Singapore are different than in many other countries. If you want to file for a divorce, you need to know and understand which grounds the law accepts.
Before you can file for divorce you must meet the following requirements:
- You or your spouse must live in Singapore or have lived in Singapore for three years prior.
- You must have been married for over three years.
- If you have not been married for three years than you may be able to file for annulment. If you’re unsure of your options you should consider seeking legal counsel.
There is only one ground for divorce in Singapore and that is: the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To demonstrate this you must prove one of the following:
- The defendant committed adultery. This usually requires a report from a private investigator. If you continue to live with your spouse for six months after you discover the adultery you cannot file on grounds of adultery unless it is ongoing.
- Unacceptable behavior. This can include gambling, physical or verbal abuse, or anything that makes it intolerable for you to remain in the marriage.
- Separation of three years if both parties agree to the divorce.
- Separation of four years even if only one party seeks the divorce.
- Desertion of over two years. You may be able to file for a divorce if your spouse has left the country and you cannot locate them.
If none of the above reasons apply you may need to file for a legal separation. You can then file for a divorce after three years if you both agree. A separation also gives you and your spouse time to decide for sure if you want to seek a divorce or try to work out a reconciliation. Professional family counselors are often helpful if you want to explore trying to save your marriage.
Divorce laws in Singapore are complex. Many people choose not to go through the process alone. A lawyer can help explain the grounds for a divorce in Singapore in more detail and tell you if your situation applies. They will also file all the proper paperwork for you and make sure your interests are protected.
If you are unsure if you have the proper grounds for divorce; it is wise to seek professional legal counsel. The grounds can sometimes be subjective and it’s not always easy to know your options without talking to an attorney.
But help is available to guide you through this challenging process. If you need legal advice please contact us to set up an appointment. We are experienced in divorce laws and know what grounds will be acceptable.
Our purpose is to help you through the difficult time of divorce with as little emotional and financial damage as possible. We want to insure that you and your children are properly cared for now and in the future.