Considering a Divorce A Few Questions to Ask Yourself

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Problems in marital life bring a situation of divorce. Before considering a divorce it is good to ask a few questions to yourself.

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Singapore Divorce Lawyer

Introduction :

Introduction This blog is written by Ms Gloria James- Civetta , a family lawyer in Singapore. The managing partner of Gloria James- Civetta & Co , Ms James was educated in the UK. With more than 16 years of experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings, Ms James is highly skilled at ensuring everything is taken into consideration in a divorce.

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Ms James is an appointed Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and Primary Dispute Resolution Centre of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore, and is a member of the Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society Singapore.

Can You Divorce? :

Can You Divorce? Pre-Conditions For Getting A Divorce 1. Courts Must have Jurisdiction Singapore Courts will have jurisdiction if either you or your spouse is domiciled in Singapore (treated Singapore as your permanent home) at the start of the proceedings OR if either party has resided in Singapore for 3 years immediately before the start of the proceedings. 2. Parties must have passed the “3 year marriage bar” You must have been married for at least 3 years before filing for a divorce. However, you may obtain Court’s permission to file for a divorce before the 3 year bar if you can prove “exceptional depravity” or “exceptional hardship”.

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Grounds For Getting A Divorce There is only one ground for getting a divorce- that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Facts to prove “irretrievable breakdown” include: The Defendant committed adultery and the Plaintiff finds it intolerable to live with the Defendant The Defendant has behaved in such a manner that the Plaintiff cannot reasonably be expected to live with him/her The Defendant has deserted the Plaintiff for 2 years without any intention of returning Parties have lived apart for 3 years and the Defendant consents to divorce Parties have lived apart for 4 years

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What if you do not meet the above requirements? You can consider waiting out the period and to have your ancillary issues on property, maintenance/support, and custody discussed/mediated and to draw up a Deed of Separation or Marital Agreement.

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