Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Who can apply for divorce at the Syariah Court Singapore?
A: You can apply for divorce at the Syariah Court if you and your spouse are Muslims or married under the Muslim law. In addition, either party must:
be a Singapore citizen; or
have lived in Singapore for at least 3 continuous years before applying for a divorce; or
be domiciled in Singapore*
If neither you nor your spouse is a Singapore citizen, please provide proof your residence in Singapore for the past 3 years, immediately preceding the date of submitting your registration form. For example, employment pass indicating length of stay, employment agreement or tenancy agreement.
* Domicile is the country which a person treats as his/her permanent home, or to which he/she has a substantial connection with.
Q: What if I do not attend the Marriage Counselling Programme?
A: If you (the applicant) do not attend the Marriage Counselling Programme your case will be closed. You may file the Originating Summons to commence the divorce proceedings only after you have attended the Marriage Counselling Programme.
Q: What are the documents required for filing the Originating Summons for divorce?
A: Please ensure that you submit the following documents:
Photocopy of applicant's NRIC or valid passport
Photocopy of marriage certificate* (ROMM)
Photocopy of birth certificates of minor children (below 21 years old) from the current marriage
*For marriages registered outside Singapore:
Please provide the original foreign marriage certificate with attestation. A foreign marriage certificate without attestation** will not be accepted.
** Attestation is a statement or endorsement by the relevant foreign authority validating a document and should contain an official stamp/seal and signature. Attestation can be done at the following locations:
In the country of marriage
In Singapore, at the embassy of the country you were married in
If your marriage certificate is not in the English or Malay language, you are required to provide a certified true translation of your marriage certificate in the English language.
If you have misplaced your original marriage certificate, please obtain an extract copy from the country you were married in or enquire with its embassy in Singapore.
Q: When can I proceed with my divorce application?
A: You may proceed with the divorce application after you have completed the Marriage Counselling Programme. On your last counselling date, your counselling agency will issue you a letter containing information on the filing process ("Letter for filing of Originating Summons"). Filing of the Originating Summons for divorce must be done within 6 months from the last counselling date. If you decide to proceed with your divorce application after 6 months, you are required to register and attend the Marriage Counselling Programme again.
Q: Is there any payment required for the Marriage Counselling Programme?
A: No. There is no fee payable for registration or attendance at the Marriage Counselling Programme.