Legal Help For Divorce
Legal advice is necessary for a divorce Court proceedings
A divorce is the legal procedure for ending a marriage. When a Judge from the Family court grants a
divorce, the Judge will hand down a so-called interim Judgment of divorce, which signifies the end of
the first stage of the divorce proceedings. There is still judgment for the ancillary matters which
cover issues about children, property and maintenance.
The ancillary matters, which form the bulk of second stage of divorce proceedings, are normally dealt
with after the court has granted the interim Judgment.
A Judge of the Family court will only grant a divorce to the applicant (plaintiff) if the Judge agrees
that the marriage has ended. in legal language, the Judge must find that the marriage has irretrievably
in Singapore, the law on divorce is found in the Women’s charter. As the court proceedings are
“technical” in nature, lawyers are required by both parties to handle the proceedings carefully.
it is important for an applicant to check that he or she is eligible to apply for a divorce in the
Family court. one cannot apply for a divorce in the Family court if the marriage was solemnised under
the Muslim law. in addition, under section 94 of the Women’s charter, one cannot apply for a divorce if
the marriage is less than three year old, unless the applicant has the court’s permission to do so. To
prove that one’s marriage has ended, one must show the court that one or more of the following facts is
- that one’s spouse has committed adultery, and one finds it
- intolerable to live with him or her
- that one’s spouse has behaved in such a way that one cannot
reasonably be expected to live with him or her
- that one has deserted by one’s spouse for at least two years
- if one’s spouse agrees to the divorce, that the applicant and spouse
have been separated for at least three years
- if the applicant’s spouse does not agree to the divorce, that the
applicant and spouse have been separated for at least four years.
These requirements are set out in Section 95(3) of the Women’s charter. Contested divorce and ancillary
matters hearings take a long time. A divorce application is subject to the legal, procedural and formal
requirements of conducting court proceedings. Most importantly, the Family court cannot give you any
advice on what you should say or do. only a qualified divorce lawyer can give you independent legal
advice on the merits of your case.
Godwin Campos LLC specialises particularly in all matters before the Family and Juvenile courts, having
an extensive period of experience in divorce matters, ancillary issues of custody, care and control,
maintenance for both the wife and child (children), and the division of all matrimonial assets.
The firm has extensive expertise in conducting matters before the High court, Subordinate courts
(district and Magistrate), Family and Juvenile courts, Strata Title Boards and applications before the
Ministry of Manpower and immigration departments.
Published in THISQuarterly in July 2012
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