This page describes the process for a divorce application on a normal track.
Refer to File a divorce application (simplified track) if you and your spouse can reach an agreement on the divorce and all ancillary matters before filing the divorce papers.
The court will send a Registrar's Notice to notify parties (or their lawyers, if any) of the date to attend the ancillary matters hearing.
Parties do not have to attend the hearing if they are represented by a lawyer. If you are representing yourself, on the day of your hearing, you should:
If you are absent without a valid reason, the court may proceed with the hearing in your absence.
During the ancillary matters hearing, the court will take into account various factors to achieve a fair result with regards to the ancillary matters before making the orders.
Parties will need to ensure that they follow these orders. This may include selling the Housing & Development Board (HDB) flat (if applicable) and ensuring that maintenance is paid or received as agreed.
If you are not satisfied with all or any part of the orders, you may appeal to the Family Division of the High Court by filing a Notice of Appeal.
You need to file and serve the notice within 14 days from the date the orders were made.
You must also provide security for the other party’s costs of the appeal. This will cost $3,000.
Find out about the appeal process.
Extracting the Certificate of Final Judgment finalises and completes the divorce process.
Parties (or their lawyers, if applicable) may proceed to extract the Certificate of Final Judgment 3 months after the court has granted the Interim Judgment, or when all the ancillary matters relating to the children (if applicable) have been resolved, whichever is later.
You will need to apply for leave (permission) of court to extract the Certificate of Final Judgment if 1 year has passed from the date of the Interim Judgment.
If you are representing yourself, you must prepare the Certificate of Final Judgment Form (Form 33, Family Justice Courts (FJC) Practice Directions) before heading down personally to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau to extract the Final Judgment.
A party cannot remarry until the Interim Judgment has been made final (confirmed) and after the ancillary matters are resolved, subject to the expiry of the 3 months.
Parties will have to pay $14 to extract the Final Judgment.
In addition to this fee, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.
Parties may consider applying to vary (change) a court order if there is a material change in circumstances of either party or of their children (if applicable).
If you are the party applying to vary the court order, you will have to file a summons (Form 4, FJC Practice Directions) supported by an affidavit.
The affidavit should include the following:
Find out how to prepare an affidavit.
Parties and their children (if applicable) may wish to attend counselling and any of the support programmes available at the divorce support specialist agencies if they are affected by the divorce.