Why are Uncontested Divorces Popular in Singapore?
A contested divorce is when one party doesn’t accept what is said about them in the divorce papers. Often, the party contesting the divorce will deny the allegations made or does not agree with the plaintiff’s proposals regarding children, property or maintenance.
An uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree to the grounds for divorce.
In Singapore, a majority of divorce cases are uncontested divorces.
In uncontested divorces, spouses must come to an agreement on all issues raised by the divorce. Important decisions like how assets are split or how custody is managed must be made together and agreed and signed by both parties in the Court Order. You will not be able to go for an Uncontested Divorce if you are not able to talk to your spouse and come to an agreement on all issues.
When do you go for a contested divorce?
A contested divorce is suitable only if you have an exceptionally complex case or have a spouse who is completely uncooperative. It is also quite common for a divorce to be contested if there are substantial assets to be divided or where both parties want custody of the children.
In a contested divorce, your legal fees can become more expensive. If the defendant wants to defend the divorce — by arguing that it should not go ahead in its current form — the defendant can file a Memorandum of Appearance indicating what he/she does not agree to. Subsequently, the defendant is also required to file his/her Defence. The Defence sets out the rebuttals to the plaintiff’s claim for a divorce.
There are a number of reasons why a person may wish to defend a divorce. Often this could be due to the defendant not agreeing with the reasons stated for the divorce. Another reason is that the spouse may still want to keep the marriage.
How long does an Uncontested Divorce take?
Normally, it takes about one month for you to obtain Interim Judgment (provisional divorce). After that, it takes another 3 months to obtain your Final Judgment. The Final Judgment marks the end of the divorce proceedings and you are now free to re-marry, if you wish.
Requirements of an Uncontested Divorce
Some of the basic requirements you will need to get an uncontested divorce are:
You need to have a legal basis for divorce
You still need to show that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To show this, you and your spouse must agree on any one of the following facts:
How much does a divorce cost if both parties agree?
Our fees for an Uncontested Divorce are simple and affordable – you either pay $1,500 or $2,500. Our fees are set out below:
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