The parties have to prove that the marriage is unrecoverable due to one or more of the reasons:
There are three issues of ancillary matter to deal with in a divorce:
The three issues to be discussed and decided of the children involved are:
Custody involves major life decision of the children; education, religion, medical treatment, relocation etc. If both parties are unable to come to a resolution on custody, the Court usually decides on joint custody to both parents.
Care and control refer to the main caregiver to the child and the parent whom the child will primarily live with after the divorce.
Access is given to the parent who does not obtain care and control. Access can come in many forms such as supervised, reasonable, liberal etc.
The husband is duty-bound to pay for both wife and children ‘s (up to the age of 21) maintenance during and after the marriage. Although maintenance for children of the marriage is required, it may not be required for the former wife in certain situations- short marriages or wife is capable of supporting herself (well-earned).
The amount of maintenance can be negotiated and agreed between both parties. In a circumstance that they are not able to agree, the Court will decide on the amount based on a number of factors, such as the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage, parties’ income (current and projected future), the length of the marriage, household expenditure, etc.
In determining the above factors in Court, each party will have to produce the relevant proof of their contributions, such as by way of bank statements, invoices, etc.
Upon a divorce, the matrimonial assets are to be divided amongst the parties, having regard to the direct (i.e. monetary) contributions to the acquisition of that asset, as well as indirect contributions, such as:
A simplified uncontested divorce is when both parties agree on the terms- ancillary matters, children custody, properties division and maintenance of wife/children,
An uncontested simplified divorce only takes place when both aspects- dissolution of marriage and ancillaries- are agreed upon.
If the spouses decide to go for a simplified uncontested divorce, they can file for the said divorce by appointing lawyers who will then file the signed papers to the Family Justice Court via the elitigation module.
An administrative divorce hearing will be convened within a month and both parties may extract the interim judgment of divorce after.
This saves a lot of money and time compared to a contested divorce proceeding.
The list of prerequisites for filing for both contested and uncontested divorce in Singapore is the same. It includes the following requirements: