Can you divorce in Singapore? If yes, is yours an uncontested or contested divorce? What are the differences in processing time and procedures between the two?
An uncontested divorce generally refers to one where there is no conflict between you and the other party in any issues related to the divorce. This include child custody issues, financial differences and issues regarding shared matrimonial assets. As much as possible, an uncontested divorce is the preferred and recommended approach to a divorce as the proceeding is generally shorter with less hassle and fees involved. An uncontested divorce is significantly faster to process as it involves primarily a ‘single stage’ approach where the divorce and ancillary matters are settled concurrently. In contrast, a contested divorce involves a two stage process where the divorce is dealt with first before ancillary matters.
Apart from the nature of a divorce, such as it being a contested or uncontested divorce, the duration of a Singapore divorce proceeding also depends on the complexity of the case. Especially in cases of contested divorce, the specific duration, processes and fees involved may differ significantly depending on the number and severity of differences between the contestants.
For more information on the above, our Uncontested Divorce V.S. Contested Divorce page will help you determine your divorce eligibility and also provide answers to frequently asked questions.