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This section provides a summary of the procedures for filing for a divorce at the Family Justice Courts.
The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The Family Justice Courts cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any document.
References to legislation
Family Justice Rules
Family Justice Courts Practice Directions
Writ for Divorce, Statement of Claim and Statement of Particulars. The Statement of Claim must specify which fact (adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, three years’ separation with consent or four years’ separation) you are relying on to ask the Court to grant you a divorce. In the Statement of Particulars, give details of the fact that you are relying on.
Proposed Parenting Plan if you have children below 21. File an Agreed Parenting Plan if you and your spouse (the Defendant) have managed to agree on the care arrangements for your children after the divorce.
Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan if there is a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat to be divided between you and the Defendant. File an Agreed Matrimonial Property Plan if you have managed to agree on what to do with the HDB flat after the divorce.
Acknowledgment of Service.
Memorandum of Appearance.
2. Electronic filing
Please note that you must file or send all Court documents, except for maintenance summons and family violence cases, to the Court using the e-Litigation (e-Lit) You can file documents through the e-Litigation at the Lawnet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau. There are two Service Bureaus in Singapore:
Supreme Court LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau at 1 Supreme Court Lane, Level 1, Supreme Court Building, Singapore 178879, Tel: (65) 6337 9164, Fax: (65) 6337 9980, Email: [email protected]
Chinatown Point LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau at 133 New Bridge Road, #19-01/02 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413, Tel: (65) 6538 9507, Fax: (65) 6438 6350, Email:[email protected]
For more information on the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau, you may wish to visit the e-Litigation website. The staff of the Family Justice Courts will be able to direct you to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau located at Chinatown Point, but will not be able to give you any specific information on the procedures and charges administered by the Service Bureau.
Please go to the Lawnet & Crimsonlogic Service Bureau to file your documents. If your documents are in order, the Family Registry will accept your documents for filing. Copies of your documents will be affixed electronically with the Court seal and the sealed copies will be given to you.
by personal service, which means that the documents must be handed to the Defendant directly by someone authorized to do so, such as a court process server;
by registered post to the Defendant’s address. The Court accepts this form of service only if the Defendant signs and returns the Acknowledgment of Service to you;
by E-Litigation on the Defendant’s lawyer, if he or she has one, but only if the Defendant’s lawyer indicates on the documents that he or she accepts service on behalf of the Defendant.
4. Your first court dateIf the Defendant and you have agreed on a divorce, and if the Defendant has no dispute over what you have said in your Statement of Claim and Statement of Particulars, you must inform the Court that you are ready for your case to be heard by ‘setting down’ your case for hearing on an uncontested basis. You must do this by filing a Request for setting down form.
If you are a Defendant, and have been served with a set of divorce papers:
Please note that if you choose to ignore the divorce papers, the Plaintiff is allowed to ask the Court for a divorce hearing date by filing the Request for Setting Down Action for Trial. The Court may proceed to fix a divorce hearing date, hear the case, and grant the divorce in your absence.
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