These fact sheets contain general information only, and are not intended as legal advice. The
Family Court cannot give you legal advice. Only a qualified lawyer can give you independent
legal advice as to the merits of your case.
This fact sheet provides basic information for people who wish to apply for a divorce in
the Family Court, or wish to oppose an application for divorce in the Family Court.
General information on Family Court processes is available on the Family Court website
DIVORCE IS A TWO-STAGE PROCESS
In Singapore, divorce is a two-stage process.
In the first stage, the Court will deal with the divorce itself. This means that the
Court will decide whether your marriage should be dissolved (legally ended).
In the second stage, the Court will deal with the ancillary matters. The ancillary
matters are issues relating to the children, if you have any, maintenance, and
property that either or both of you may own.
You cannot remarry until you have obtained Final Judgment. This will only be
granted at the end of the second stage of your divorce case.
If you are the one applying for the divorce, you are the Plaintiff. The other party
is called the Defendant.
FILING OF COURT DOCUMENTS
Please note that all Court documents must be filed or sent to the Court using the
Electronic Filing System (EFS). You can file documents through the EFS at the
LawNet/EFS Service Bureau. There are two Service Bureaus in Singapore:
Supreme Court LawNet / EFS Service Bureau
1 Supreme Court Lane
Level 1, Supreme Court Building
Apollo Centre LawNet / EFS Service Bureau
2 Havelock Road
#06-01/11 Apollo Centre
For more information on the LawNet/EFS Service Bureau, you may wish to visit
http://info.efs.com.sg/ServiceBureau.html. Family Court staff will be able to
direct you to the Apollo Centre LawNet / EFS Service Bureau, but will be unable
to give you any specif