How does the uncontested divorce process work?
In Singapore, if you and your spouse both agree to a friendly and uncontested divorce, you can obtain a divorce within about 4 months. Your case will be heard under the Family Justice Courts’ Simplified Uncontested Divorce Process. This is the quickest and most affordable of all divorce proceedings in Singapore.
If you qualify for an uncontested divorce, the divorce process is fairly simple and fast. You will not be required to file any Parenting Plan or any Matrimonial Property Plan. The process is meant to simplify, hence the name ‘Simplified Uncontested Hearing Track.”
To qualify for an uncontested divorce under the Simplified Uncontested process, you and your spouse must fulfil the following conditions:
- Your spouse must agree to the divorce.
- Both parties must sign a draft Interim Judgement agreeing on all ancillary matters.
The draft Interim Judgment has to be carefully drafted to ensure that there will be no further claims once the divorce is granted. Further, if there is a HDB flat, your lawyer must take care to ensure that the any sale or transfer of the HDB flat will meet with HDB’s rules and conditions.
Once the Court is satisfied that the divorce papers have been filed properly, then your uncontested divorce is placed under the Simplified Uncontested Hearing Track, and you should get your Interim Judgment within 1 month and your Final Judgment 3 months after that.