Contested And Uncontested Divorces In Singapore

Tembusu Law is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need through this difficult time. With a team of dedicated contested & uncontested Divorce lawyers in Singapore, you can trust us to guide you through every step of the legal process, from filing for Divorce to ancillary matters, to negotiating child custody and support agreements.

We are also able to advise you to help you make informed decisions throughout the separation process and related legal matters, including matrimonial assets, managing personal protection orders, and even Divorces in Syariah Court Singapore.

Facing a Divorce can be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. You may not know where to turn, what to do, or whom to trust. The decisions you make during this time will have a lasting impact on your future. What’s more, the Divorce process can be much more complicated if it is a contested Divorce in Singapore.

Uncontested Divorces are encouraged by the judicial system in Singapore as an alternative to a contested Divorce in Singapore. An uncontested Divorce in Singapore allows for an immediate Divorce without going through the Court for a Divorce proceeding.

It only requires the filing of Divorce documents in Court. Within one month after filing for Divorce, both parties can expect the Court to issue an interim Divorce order. Three months later, the Court issued a certificate making the Divorce final.

Get in touch with our lawyers today for reliable and transparent legal advice on contested/uncontested Divorce matters in Singapore. Our team of experienced Divorce lawyers will work diligently to get you the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today for a free consultation!

What Is A Contested Divorce?

In Singapore, if a Divorce is contested, both parties disagree on the matters and want to file for their claims. These issues must be resolved before the Divorce can be finalised.

Proceedings for a contested Divorce in Singapore will usually occur in an open court hearing. The couple will have to present evidence to support their respective claims regarding resolving that matter. Members of the public are also allowed to attend the hearing.

What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

A simplified or uncontested Divorce in Singapore means that both spouses agree to a Divorce and all ancillary matters such as custody of children, child maintenance/spousal maintenance and division of assets.

Both parties must agree on the Divorce and its terms before filing the Divorce documents to their respective lawyers. Once your lawyer has filed the papers for a simplified Divorce hearing (both parties are not required to be in attendance) in the Family Court, the Divorce proceedings will take place.

Uncontested Divorce proceedings may occur in a private domain that is not open to the public, unlike contested Divorce proceedings. Also, uncontested Divorce proceedings are usually shorter and cost less than a contested Divorce in Singapore.

What’s The Advantage Of An Uncontested Divorce Over A Contested Divorce?

When people think of Divorce, many usually envision a nasty battle in court when dividing property, money and rights over the children. However, what they may not know is that most Divorces can be resolved on an uncontested basis where the parties can amicably settle their differences without even going to a trial. In contrast, a contested Divorce tends to be more stressful, take much longer to complete and also cost more due to legal fees.

In an uncontested Divorce, you and your spouse will reach a mutual agreement on issues such as maintenance of  the wife and children, child custody and access rights as well as division. The court also doesn’t get involved because you’ve managed to settle all your issues without costly litigation. That’s why uncontested Divorces usually save more time and money as compared to contested Divorces. 

A contested Divorce takes place when you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement on issues even after trying to discuss, negotiate or mediate. If this happens, the Divorce case will be handled by the Court which will make the final decision on the issues and terms of the Divorce.

Although you can try to handle an uncontested Divorce without engaging a lawyer, it is prudent to engage a lawyer to guide you through a contested Divorce because it usually involves more complex issues and technical legal procedures and rules.

Get In Touch With Our Lawyers For Contested & Uncontested Divorce In Singapore Today

If you would like to understand more about the contested/uncontested Divorce process, contact us today.

At Tembusu Law, we know that the legal process of getting Divorced can be complicated. We have many years of experience in helping people get their lives back on track after they go through a Divorce. We offer help and advice for uncontested Divorces and contested Divorces in Singapore, so you can choose what kind of service best fits your needs.

If you are going through an uncontested Divorce, our team of Family Lawyers will work with both parties to come up with an agreement that is fair and reasonable for everyone involved. Our lawyers are also experienced in negotiating settlements between spouses who want to avoid litigation and Court appearances altogether.

If you would rather fight it out in Court through a contested Divorce, our lawyers will represent your interests during trial proceedings before the judge makes the final ruling on custody arrangements, alimony payments, child support amounts, division of assets and debts, etc. No matter what type of service you require from us – whether it’s just advice or full representation – we give 100% of effort every time because we are serious about making sure every client gets the outcome they need. Contact us for a non-obligatory consultation today.


How Long Does An Uncontested Divorce Take In Singapore?

The duration for a Divorce proceeding to be completed depends on various factors, including the matter’s complexity and the respective parties’ financial situations. Uncontested Divorce cases in Singapore tend to settle quicker, usually within six months to a year. An uncontested Divorce also takes lesser time as compared to a contested Divorce.

How Long Does A Contested Divorce in Singapore Take?

In contrast, contested Divorce cases can take a long time to be resolved in Singapore, especially if there are children involved. The length of time for the contested Divorce proceedings also depends on factors like the case’s complexity. If you’re going through a contested Divorce case in Singapore, it could take up to a year or more before it’s settled.

How Do I Get An Uncontested Divorce In Singapore?

Before one is qualified for a simplified uncontested Divorce in Singapore, there are some prerequisites. The marriage should be between parties who have been together for at least three years. Additionally, one of the partners must be a Singaporean citizen or resident for at least three years, and the other partner must reside in Singapore.


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