Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Singapore: Option To Divorce By Mutual Agreement

From CNA:

In Singapore, the option for couples to mutually agree to divorce was introduced as a proposed amendment to the Women's Charter on November 1. If successful, a mutual agreement between the couple can dissolve the marriage.

Irretrievable breakdown is a prerequisite for dissolution of marriage to be granted currently. Five facts to be considered are adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, separation of three years with consent, or separation of four years without consent. Having introduced the divorce by mutual agreement indicates the existence of a sixth fact to show irretrievable breakdown. 

Parties who file for divorce citing mutual agreement will have to submit to the court reasons for the breakdown of the marriage, efforts made to reconcile, and considerations for their children and financial affairs, said MSF in the release. The court may then order further mediation, counseling, or programs.

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