What is the definition of a divorce in Singapore?

divorceUnder Singapore law, a divorce is legal proceeding that officially terminates a marriage. When a Judge with the Singapore Family Justice Courts approve your divorce, you will be handed a Interim Judgement of Divorce.

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This officially concludes the first stage of your divorce. The Interim Judgement of Divorce, however, do not address matters pertaining to child custody, joint assets or maintenance. Under Singapore law, such matters are also known as ‘ancillary matter’.

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Ancillary matters are commonly addressed during the second stage of a divorce, after the Interim Judgement of Divorce has been handed over.