Syariah Court in Singapore – A Reliable, Dynamic and Just Court


The procedure for a Muslim divorce in Singapore is different from the divorce procedure for marriages under the civil system. However, the Administration of Muslim Law Act (Chapter 3 of the Statutes of Singapore) allows for the Syariah Court in Singapore to have jurisdiction to regulate certain marriage cases. The Syariah Court was established on 24th November 1958 with the aim to reduce divorce rates among the Muslim community and to encourage greater stability among marriages.


The presence of the Syariah Court in Singapore has proved to be successful in reducing divorce rates over the years and in its first few years of establishment, it helped drop divorce rate among Muslims to 273 for every 1000 Muslim marriages from the original 493 in 1958. There was a record low of Muslim divorces in 1975, with only 94 per 1000. However, it should be noted that Islam discourages divorce because of the negative effects on the families involved.


The disintegration of a Muslim marriage can be divided into 4 categories, mainly:


If you’re looking to get a divorce under the Syariah Court, your marriage must be a Muslim marriage and your partner and yourself must have attended the counselling sessions under the Marriage Counselling Programme.


If you have children under the age of 18, you are required to submit an Agreed Parenting Plan or the Proposed Parenting Plan forms together with your Case Statement Form to the Court. You will also be required to submit co-parenting plans before your court proceedings, with the help of marriage counselors.


However, if there is no agreement, a date will be set for a pretrial conference where further instructions will be given. The case will then go onto trial where the Crime Registry of the State Courts will now take over the remaining divorce proceedings.
Do note that under Section 52 of the Administration of Muslim Law Act, a breach of a Syariah Court order is deemed a criminal offence and is punishable.


Details of the Syariah Court:
Address: Family Link @ Lengkok Bahru, 8 Lengkok Bahru, #03-01, Singapore 159052
Telephone: (+65) 6354 8371
Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 8.30am – 1pm, 2pm – 5.30pm,
Friday: 8.30am – 12.30pm, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 1pm
Public Holidays: We are closed on all public holidays


Important Pages on the Syariah Court:


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