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Divorce & Child Custody

Divorce & Child Custody

Divorce and child custody are legal procedures handled by the Family Justice Courts and Syariah Court (Muslim marriages). The Ministry carries out child custody investigations when ordered by the court and provides support to single parents. Learn more about divorce support.

Child Custody & Social Investigations

When there is a child custody dispute, the courts may ask the Ministry to conduct an investigation and produce a “Social Report” before deciding on custody matters.

Getting a Divorce 

A divorce is the legal procedure that ends a marriage.To get a divorce, you will need to file for a divorce with the Family Justice Courts (Civil marriages) or the Syariah Court (Muslim marriages).

Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System (RERF Committee)

The RERF Committee builds on the work of the Committee for Family Justice, and aims to further strengthen the family justice system by incorporating therapeutic and restorative justice in the resolution of family disputes. The RERF Committee's work includes considering issues such as costs, complexity and timelineness of legal proceedings, as well as how other appropriate dispute resolution methods and multi-disciplinary approaches can be utilised to promote more sustained and positive family outcomes.

The RERF Committee is co-chaired by Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts Justice Debbie Ong, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Law Mr Ng How Yue and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development Mr Chew Hock Yong. Other members of the RERF Committee are:

(a) Professor Leslie Chew, SC, Dean School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences

(b) Mr Vincent Hoong, Registrar, Supreme Court

(c) Dr Sudha Nair, Executive Director, Promoting Alternatives to Violence

(d) Mr Sim Gim Guan, Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Social Service

(e) Mr Alfred Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Children’s Society

(f) Ms Michelle Woodworth, Co-chairperson of the Family Law Practice Committee, The Law Society of Singapore

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