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This page describes the process for filing a divorce application on a simplified track.

Refer to File a divorce application (normal track) if you and your spouse have not been able to agree on the divorce or the ancillary matters.

Before you file

Before you file your divorce papers, make sure you understand:

If you are filing the divorce application, you are the plaintiff.

Your spouse is the defendant.

Note

You do not need a lawyer to represent you in a divorce case. However, you may choose to engage one if you need independent legal advice on the merits of your case and the simplified divorce process.

The courts are not able to provide legal advice or recommend lawyers. Find out where to get help.

Key facts

Refer to the following on how you can file your divorce papers.

Eligibility to file

Depending on the facts you are relying on to show your marriage has irretrievably broken down.

How to file

Through eLitigation (for eLitigation subscribers) or Divorce eService.

What you will need

You should prepare the following before you file:

The Writ for Divorce

Form 3, Family Justice Courts (FJC) Practice Directions.

The Statement of Claim

Form 6, FJC Practice Directions.

A Statement of Claim should contain all of the following:

The Statement of Particulars

Form 8, FJC Practice Directions.

A Statement of Particulars should explain the facts of how your marriage has irretrievably broken down (as stated in the Statement of Claim) and details of any pending bankruptcy proceedings (if applicable).

You must also attach the following together with the Statement of Particulars:

(If the reason for divorce is based on 3 years of separation) The Consent to Grant Judgment on Three Years' Separation

 

Form 192, FJC Practice Directions.

The defendant must complete and sign this document before a Commissioner for Oaths (if the defendant is in Singapore) or before a notary public or consular at the Singapore Embassy (if the defendant is located outside of Singapore).

The Defendant’s Consent to Simplified Uncontested Divorce Proceedings

 

Form 193, FJC Practice Directions.

The defendant must complete and sign this document before a Commissioner for Oaths (if the defendant is in Singapore) or before a notary public or consular at the Singapore Embassy (if the defendant is located outside of Singapore).

The Affidavit of Evidence in Chief

Form 201, FJC Practice Directions.

Parties must complete and sign this document before a Commissioner for Oaths (if in Singapore) or before a notary public or consular at the Singapore Embassy (if located outside of Singapore).

A draft of the Interim Judgment Form

Form 30, FJC Practice Directions.

  • If you and the defendant are represented by lawyers, your lawyers must sign the document.
  • If you or the defendant are not represented by lawyers, you must complete and sign this document before a Commissioner for Oaths (if in Singapore) or before a notary public or consular at the Singapore Embassy (if located outside of Singapore).
  • The Request for Setting Down Trial for Action

    Form 29, FJC Practice Directions.

     

    Tip

    Alternatively, you may use the Divorce eService to assist you in the preparation and/or submission of court papers when applying for a divorce through e-Lit.

    Estimated fees

    Refer to the following to find out the possible fees for filing and serving your divorce papers. You may also refer to Part 6 of the Fifth Schedule of the Family Justice Rules for the full list of court fees.

    In addition to the fees listed in the table, there are also other fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.

    Item or service

    Fees

    File the Writ for Divorce

    $42

    File a Statement of Claim

    $7

    File a Statement of Particulars

    $7

    File the Agreed Matrimonial Property Plan

    $7

    File the Agreed Parenting Plan

    $7

    File the Request for Setting Down Trial for Action

    $63

    File any other document

    $7

    How to file

    You may choose to file your divorce papers personally or through a lawyer. If you are represented by a lawyer, the documents will be filed by your lawyer. 

    If you are representing yourself, you must file the divorce papers through eLitigation at the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau or through the Divorce eService.

    If you are filing through eLitigation at the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau, you must follow Part 5 of Division 2 of the Family Justice Rules 2014 and the FJC Practice Directions to prepare your documents before heading down personally to do the filing.

    If you are using the Divorce eService, the eService will guide you through the filling up of the information required and will generate the necessary court documents for your filing through the eService.

    After filing, your divorce papers will then be submitted to the Family Courts for review. If your documents are in order, the court will send a Registrar's Notice to notify you and the defendant (or your lawyers, if any) of your uncontested divorce hearing date that will be scheduled within 4 to 6 weeks.

    Need help?

    The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

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    Go to Step-by-step guide

    Step-by-step guide

    Understand the requirements for divorce

    At an uncontested divorce hearing

    2021/07/23

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