1. You or your spouse must be domiciled (treated Singapore as your permanent abode) at the commencement of the divorce proceedings.
2. You must have been married for at least 3 years before you can file a Writ for divorce on the ground that your marriage has broken down irretrievably.
However, with permission from the Court, you may proceed to file a Writ for divorce before 3 years of marriage if you can prove that you have suffered exceptional hardship or if your spouse has been exceptionally unreasonable and cruel.
What is ‘Irretrievable Breakdown?
The Court will only be satisfied that your marriage has broken down irretrievably if the Plaintiff (the person suing for divorce) proves one or more of the following factual basis:
The Defendant (the person being sued) has committed adultery with another person (the Co-Defendant) and the Plaintiff finds it intolerable to live with the Defendant.
Separation for 3 years
The Plaintiff and Defendant have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 3 years and the Defendant agrees to a divorce.
Separation for 4 years
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