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Divorce Support

MPP FAQs

FAQs on Mandatory Parenting Programme (MPP)

FAQs on Mandatory Parenting Programme (MPP)

 

Q1: Do I have to inform my spouse of my MPP application?
The MPP application is a personal and confidential decision. Applicants can decide if they wish to inform their spouse.
 
Q2. Can I attend the MPP with my spouse?
If you would like to attend the MPP with your spouse, please email fam_dssaprogrammes@msf.gov.sg with your request.
 
Q3: What are the documents and information required to apply for MPP?
Applicants are required to provide information on their full name, identification number, date of birth, race, gender, primary language spoken, residential address and contact details. No document is required when applying for MPP.
 
Q4: How can I get help with computer access or translation?
You may approach community touch points such as the Community Justice Centre, Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) and Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs) or email MSF at fam_dssaprogrammes@msf.gov.sg
 
Q5: I have difficulty accessing the online portal for the MPP, what should I do? Can I access the portal from my handphone?
We recommend applying for MPP on your desktop or laptop instead of a mobile device like a handphone or iPad. You may wish to:
  • Use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer as your browser
  • Clear your cache before the next attempt
  • Should you still encounter difficulties after attempting the steps above, you may email us at fam_dssaprogrammes@msf.gov.sg
 
Q6: I am a foreigner. Do I have to attend the MPP?
Yes, the MPP is mandatory for all parents with children under the age of 21, if they are unable to reach an agreement on the reason for divorce and/or any of the ancillary matters/ This requirement would apply to both Singaporeans and foreigners.

 

Q7: I am not eligible to apply for SingPass. How do I register for the MPP?

Please email fam_dssaprogrammes@msf.gov.sg and we will assist you with your application.

Q8: What are the cost(s) involved when applying and attending the MPP?

There is no payment involved when applying to attend the MPP. The MPP session is provided free of charge by the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) and Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs).
 
Q9: Can I change my mind after applying for the MPP online?
Yes, you may withdraw your application through the online portal if it has not yet been processed. If it has been processed, please inform the agency staff so that they can withdraw the application for you.
 
Q10: Can I attend the MPP with a private service provider?
No, the MPP is conducted by MSF-appointed Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) and Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs) only. Applicants would need to attend the MPP at one of the agencies listed.
 
Q11: Can I choose my counsellor or the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs)/Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs) at which I would like to attend the MPP?
No, applicants are allocated to an agency based on proximity to the given contact address, or if applicant is previously known to any of the agencies.
 
Q12:I am currently stationed overseas and am unable to attend the MPP. Is there any way I can still attend the MPP?
Special arrangements can be made by the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) and Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs) for applicants who are currently stationed overseas. Please contact any one of them for assistance.
 
Q13: Do I need to engage a lawyer for MPP?
You do not need to engage a lawyer for the purpose of attending the MPP. The MPP is a parenting programme that divorcing couples would have to attend if they are unable to agree on divorce and ancillary matters before filing for divorce. Applicants would need to personally attend the MPP at one of the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) / Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs) regardless if a lawyer has been engaged. Applicants can apply for the MPP via the online self-service portal.
 
Q14: Can my friend(s)/lawyer attend the MPP on my behalf?
No, you are required to attend the MPP personally.
 
Q15: I do not wish to attend the MPP. Can I still proceed to file for divorce?
If you and your spouse are unable to agree on divorce and ancillary matters and have a minor child below the age of 21 years old, you are required to attend the MPP before filing for divorce. If you are an applicant, you will not be able to file for divorce if you have not attended the MPP. If you are a respondent, you will not be able to make a counterclaim during the divorce if you have not attended the MPP.
 
Q16: Can I be excluded from attending the MPP?
Exclusion from MPP is solely based on mental incapacity. Valid documents such as a medical certificate must be submitted to support the exclusion during the MPP application.
 
Q17: How can I apply for exclusion from attending the MPP?
Instructions will be given via the MPP portal when an applicant opts for an exclusion during the application.
 
Q18: I am not eligible for MPP, but would like to attend. What should I do?
Interested applicants can email fam_dssaprogrammes@msf.gov.sg to arrange for a session at one of the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) and Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres (FAM@FSCs).