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Divorce Support

Divorce for Civil Marriages

Divorce for Civil Marriages

The Family Justice Courts adopts a child-centric approach where the children’s welfare is always the Courts’ paramount consideration. Alongside the MSF appointed Divorce Support Specialist Agencies/Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centres, the Courts work to support clients before, during and after the divorce process.

To get a divorce, you would need to file for divorce with the Family Justice Courts and comply with the legal requirements for divorce. This includes completing the Mandatory Parenting Programme before filing for a divorce. The Women’s Charter governs the law on divorce for civil marriages in Singapore.

You may wish to consult a lawyer for legal advice and assistance on the divorce process (e.g. parenting plan, child custody, maintenance and/or other ancillary matters). Alternatively, if you are able to and would like to represent yourself, that is also possible.

Where appropriate, the Family Justice Courts will appoint a ‘Court Friend’ to assist litigants (persons engaged in a lawsuit) who are unrepresented. A ‘Court Friend’ is a volunteer who can assist you if you are unrepresented and help you to navigate the court system and also provide general information on court processes. However, the ‘Court Friend’ does not provide legal advice or representation. 

For more details, please visit the Family Justice Courts.