Going through a divorce is a highly complex and possible arduous process which is why it is advisable that you have some basic knowledge of the requirements and correct divorce procedures before engaging your divorce lawyer.


It is highly necessary to engage a divorce lawyer to handle your case; it would help reduce anxiety and frustration greatly by dealing with the divorce paperwork as well as providing with strategic legal advice, allowing you to quickly move on from your divorce.


Our 6-Step Divorce Lawyer Guide provides you with a clear understanding on the reasons why you need a divorce lawyer to assist you with the complex divorce process and the specific job scopes your lawyer is obliged to perform for your legal case.


In enabling you to better understand the types of lawyers, we have segregated into four broad categories namely Top Divorce Lawyer, Best Divorce Lawyer, Good Divorce Lawyer and Cheap Divorce Lawyer which is determined by the years of experience, reputation, value and cost needed for engaging a divorce lawyer.




A divorce lawyer in Singapore can help you with Civil Divorce, Muslim Divorce and Expat Divorce as well as separation and annulment. Civil marriages are filed with the Family Justice Courts with the Women’s Charter governing the law on divorce. Under Civil Divorce, divorces can proceed as an uncontested divorce when both spouses agree on all issues pertaining to the marriage or a contested divorce when parties are unable to agree on certain ancillary matters.




The divorce procedures in Singapore consist of a 2-step process which first decides whether there are sufficient grounds for the Family Courts to grant a divorce based on whether your spouse has committed adultery, behaved unreasonably, deserted you for at least two years; being separated for 3 years or 4 years depending on whether your spouse has agreed to the divorce. For this, your lawyer would be able to advise you on the appropriate grounds of divorce for your specific divorce case.


Secondly, divorce is granted when ancillary issues such as division of assets in divorce including the division of a Housing and Development Board (HDB), alimony (divorce maintenance payments) and access and custody of children after divorce below 21 years old are dealt with and resolved.




To commence divorce proceedings in Singapore, divorce papers which include a writ of divorce, statement of claim and statement of particulars must be filed in the Family Court.


If you have done a pre-nuptial agreement, your family court lawyer would also be able to advise you how to effectively utilise it depending on how the agreement is drafted.


Also, given that you have been married for less than 3 years, an annulment is also possible as an alternative to a divorce in showing that the marriage was not valid in the first place.


Muslim marriages in Singapore are being filed under the Syariah Court. Initiation of divorce by the husband can fulfilled by pronouncing by talak while the initiation of divorce by the wife requires to be filed under specific reasons before legally filing for a divorce at the Syariah Court through one of the ways – khuluk, taklik and fasakh.


In the case of expat divorce, the Singapore court will decide whether your case is sufficiently connected to Singapore before filing it. It must be noted that the divorce procedures and outcomes will inevitably be different depending on the location of divorce, due to differences in legal systems.



In recent years, more couples are looking into amiable alternatives in dealing with their marriage situation. The Singapore Mediation Centre provides services such as the Family Mediation Scheme as well as the Collaborative Family Practice which specifically aims to settle marital disputes before the beginning of any court proceedings to avoid going to court at all.
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