This library guide collates relevant resources relating to divorce, separation and nullity of marriage from various government sites and online sources.
The grounds for both of these is that the marriage is irretrievably broken down under s 95(3) of the Women's Charter.
Muslim marriages and divorce are administered by the Syariah Court under a separate regime, pursuant to s 35 of the Administration of Muslim Law Act 1966 (2020 Rev Ed).
(Source: Leong Wai Kum, Elements of Family Law, 3rd Ed (2018))
A. Civil Marriage and Divorce
Family Justice Courts - Divorce
The Family Justice Courts of Singapore provides a general overview of divorce proceedings. See in particular:
MSF - Divorce Support Resources
Information provided by the Ministry of Social and Family Development on dealing with divorce:
B. Muslim Marriage and Divorce
FAQs on Muslim Divorce (Syariah Court)
Answers to steps for an application for Muslim divorce and other family-related matters
1. Family Justice Courts (FJC)
The Family Justice Courts (FJC) are established pursuant to the Family Justice Act in 2014 and restructured the family justice system by bringing together all family-related work under a specialised body of courts.
See FJC's page: 'Seek help for a family case'
Add: Divorce Registry, Level 3, Family Justice Courts @ Havelock, No. 3 Havelock Square. Singapore 059725
Contact: Write to us - Divorce (including ancillary and custody matters)
Tel: (65) 6435 5398 (Writ for Divorce) ; (65) 6435 5471 (General)
2. Legal Aid Bureau
The Legal Aid Bureau advances access to justice for applicants with limited means, including providing legal representation and advice, as set out in the Legal Aid and Advice Act.
Add: Ministry of Law Services Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, #07-11 The URA Centre (East Wing), Singapore 069118
Contact: Contact Us@OneMinLaw
Tel: 1800 2255 529 (1800-CALL-LAW)
3. Ministry of Social and Family Development - Divorce Support
The Family Support Division of MSF maintains support services, including Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSA) like Family Service Centres, as well as administration of the compulsory Mandatory Parenting Programme.
Add: Divorce Support Office, Ministry of Social and Family Development, 7 Maxwell Road, MND Building Annex B, #04-11, Singapore 069111
Form: Contact Us
Tel: MSF Consolidated Hotline 1800 111 2222 (say 'Family Assist' when asked for the hotline you want to reach)
4. Family Mediation Services
5. Syariah Court of Singapore
The Syariah Court has jurisdiction over judicial proceedings relating to Muslim marriages and divorce, pursuant to s 35 of the Administration of Muslim Law Act.
Add: Family Link @ Lengkok Bahru 8, Lengkok Bahru, #03-01 Singapore 159052
Tel: (65) 63548371 (Hotline)
Refer to the following statutes and related subsidiary legislation on Singapore Statutes Online:
Practice Directions and Circulars
Refer to Part VI of the Family Justice Courts Practice Directions for proceedings for the dissolution of marriage under Part 10 of the Women’s Charter 1961.
You may also refer to the Family Justice Courts - Divorce - Resources page for a list of Rules, Practice Directions, Circulars and amendments
B. Muslim Law
Alternatively, C J Koh Law Library has in print the Singapore Syariah appeals reports.
Leong, Wai Kum. Singapore : LexisNexis, 2018.
Ong, Debbie Siew Ling. Singapore : Academy Publishing, 2015.
Valerie Thean JC, editor-in-chief. Singapore : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2016.
Leong, Wai Kum. Singapore : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2011.
Randolph Khoo and Hoon Shu Mei, Drew & Napier LLC (published in Practical Law)
Singapore : Syariah Law Forum Organising Committee, National University of Singapore, 2017.
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Chapter III contains information on:
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The family law section contains information on divorce, nullity and ancillary matters.
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The Family Justice Courts: Forms page contains forms for the following classes of matters: