Getting a divorce can be a major life change. It is often stressful and complicated. Divorce almost always involves dealing with a number of related issues: custody of children, maintenance and division of assets. Each issue can have emotional, legal and economic considerations.

Before proceeding you may wish to consult a counselor to explore the impact this move will have on you and your family in order that you are emotionally prepared for the process or to explore other alternatives.

If you decide to proceed, you will need to see a lawyer for advice and assistance. The lawyer will advise you whether you can file for divorce and, if so, will prepare the necessary legal documents on your behalf.

If you would like to consult a lawyer about divorce proceedings or other matters, consider attending AWARE’s twice monthly legal clinic. Likewise if you would like to work through the emotional issues surrounding your marriage, consider speaking to a helpliner or meeting with one of our counselors.

More info on AWARE’s Legal Clinic.
More info on Counselling.
More info on support groups for women going through divorce and women contemplating divorce.

Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce

  • What is a divorce?
  • Who can apply for a divorce in Singapore?
  • What are the legal requirements for a divorce?
  • How do I apply for a divorce?
  • What if I can’t find my spouse?
  • Can I oppose a Writ for Divorce filed by my spouse?
  • Is there a way for my spouse and I to come to an agreement so that we can avoid a contested divorce?
  • Do I need a lawyer to get divorced?
  • When can I remarry?

Answers: Subcourts FAQ | Law Society

Custody, Maintenance and Division of Assets

Divorce often involves dealing with issues such as the custody of children, maintenance and division of assets.

The following resources provide information to address these issues:

Expats & PRs

AWARE not only supports Singaporeans but all residents whether PR or expat. You are welcome to use the free legal clinic and counselling service. Call the helpline to make an appointment.

More Info on Expat Divorce

AWARE is the only organisation in Singapore that offers practical advice for expat women in need of it. In cases of divorce, AWARE counsellors stress the importance of networking, finding out your rights as soon as possible, recording details of finances and assets, and always being prepared for the next step. – Expat Living

Legal Aid Bureau

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may apply to the government-run Legal Aid Bureau for assistance (you have to pass a Means Test to qualify).

The Legal Aid Bureau is situated at:

45 Maxwell Road #08-12
The URA Centre, East Wing
Singapore 069118
Tel: (65) 1800 325 1424 (toll-free)
Fax: (65) 63251402