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					Preparing For Divorce: Key Tips On
             ‘How-to’
EXPERIENCED DIVORCE & FAMILY LAWYERS IN
SINGAPORE -- GJC LAW
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.
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?
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”.
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
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.
THANK YOU

				
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