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The information provided is general in nature, and is not intended as legal advice. The staff of the Syariah Court cannot provide legal advice, or assist with drafting the contents of any document. Only a lawyer can give you independent legal advice on the merits of each case.

References to Legislation (as at 22nd October 2018)

References to Practice Directions and Registrar's Circulars (as at 22nd October 2018)

 

 

NEW INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION OF ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (WITH EFFECT FROM 22 OCTOBER 2018)
Eligibility to apply for divorce
  1. You may 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*

  2. If neither you nor your spouse is a Singapore citizen, please provide proof of 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.

    Marriage Counselling Programme and Parenting Programme

  3. If you wish to apply for divorce, you must register your application at the Syariah Court. If your registration is complete, you will receive a referral letter from the Syariah Court to attend the Marriage Counselling Programme. The Marriage Counselling Programme is compulsory. The counsellor will also facilitate a Parenting Programme if you have at least one child below 21 years old.
    Exclusion from Marriage Counselling Programme

  4. If you are suffering from a critical illness or terminal illness, or have a physical disability or infirmity, that renders it impractical or impossible for you to attend the Marriage Counselling Programme, please provide proof of your medical condition. For example, a letter from a registered medical practitioner, which must not be dated earlier than 1 (one) month from the date of submitting your registration form.
1. Registration Form

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Download the applicable form and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the form with the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only.
     
S/No. Forms Description/Purpose
1.1 Registration form - English For an applicant who intends to file a divorce.
1.2 Registration form - Malay For an applicant who intends to file a divorce.
1.3 Parenting Plan discussion template - For use during Parenting Programme only

English Version
Malay Version

To facilitate the filing of the Agreed or Proposed Parenting Plan if divorce is proceeded with, our Marriage Counselling Programme counsellors will use this document as a reference to discuss with you and your spouse the care arrangements of your child/children post-divorce.


If you have not received this document, please print a copy and bring it along with you when you attend Marriage Counselling Programme at the Court's appointed agency.

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3. Named Forms

3.1 Case Statement and related forms for Plaintiff (Divorce)
  • Download the applicable form and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the form by typing (not writing) the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only. If you wish to include exhibits, please mark them appropriately. Please paginate your form and the exhibit(s).
  • Some forms require you to affirm its contents before you may file them.
  • If the pages of the form cannot be securely fastened with a stapler, please bind them (red for Plaintiff, blue for Defendant and black for Interveners).
     
S/No. Forms Description/Purpose
3.1.1 Form 7 - Case Statement (Husband)

* Please print up-to-date relevant CPF statements which show, the account balances in the Ordinary, Special, Medisave, Retirement and Investment accounts (for all) and the public housing withdrawal details

* Please refer to item 7.3 for Important Information and Checklist on filing Originating Summons

To be filed by a husband who wishes to commence divorce proceedings (called the Plaintiff).

When the Plaintiff serves this form on the wife, he must include a blank Form 18 (Memorandum of Defence by Wife).

Important note:For Amended Case Statement, please insert the following at the top left hand of the form:

plaintiff signature

3.1.2 Form 8 - Case Statement (Wife)

* Please print up-to-date relevant CPF statements which show, the account balances in the Ordinary, Special, Medisave, Retirement and Investment accounts (for all) and the public housing withdrawal details

* Please refer to item 7.3 for Important Information and Checklist on filing Originating Summons 

To be filed by a wife who wishes to commence divorce proceedings (called the Plaintiff).

When the Plaintiff serves this form on the husband, she must include a blank Form 17 (Memorandum of Defence by Husband).

Important note:For Amended Case Statement, please insert the following at the top left hand of the form:

plaintiff signature

3.1.3 Form 11 - Agreed Parenting Plan

 

Where there is an agreement on the parenting plan of a minor child/children.

3.1.4 Form 12 - Plaintiff's Proposed Parenting Plan

 

Where there is no agreement on the parenting plan of a minor child/children, and the Plaintiff proposes a parenting plan.

When the Plaintiff serves this form on the Defendant, the Plaintiff must include 2 blank forms:
- Form 20 (Defendant's Agreement to Plaintiff's Proposed Parenting Plan); and
- Form 21 (Defendant's Proposed Parenting Plan).

3.1.5 Form 13 - Agreed Matrimonial Property Plan

 

Where there is an agreement on the matrimonial property (HDB flat).

3.1.6 Form 14 - Particulars of Housing Arrangement

 

Additional information on housing arrangement, to be filed together with Form 13 (Agreed Matrimonial Property Plan) or Form 15 (Plaintiff's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan).

3.1.7 Form 15 - Plaintiff's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan

 

Where there is no agreement on the matrimonial property (HDB flat), and the Plaintiff proposes a matrimonial property plan.

When the Plaintiff serves this form on the Defendant, the Plaintiff must include 2 blank forms:
- Form 22 (Defendant's Agreement to Plaintiff's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan); and
- Form 23 (Defendant's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan).

3.1.8 Form 36 - Acknowledgement of Service

 

If the Plaintiff serves the Originating Summons and related documents by registered post, this form must be included with the documents served on the Defendant.

After the Defendant has acknowledged receipt of the documents and returned this form, the Plaintiff is required to file this form.

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3.2 Memorandum of Defence and related forms for Defendant (Divorce)
  • Download the applicable form and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the form by typing (not writing) the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only. If you wish to include exhibits, please mark them appropriately. Please paginate your form and the exhibit(s).
  • Some forms require you to affirm its contents before you may file them.
  • If the pages of the form cannot be securely fastened with a stapler, please bind them (red for Plaintiff, blue for Defendant and black for Interveners).
     
S/No. Forms Description/Purpose
3.2.1

Form 17 - Memorandum of Defence (Husband)
*Please print up-to-date relevant CPF statements which show, the account balances in the Ordinary, Special, Medisave, Retirement and Investment accounts (for all) and the public housing withdrawal details.

* Please refer to item 7.4 for Important Information and Checklist on filing Memorandum of Defence.

To be filed by a husband who is responding to wife's Case Statement in Form 8 (called the Defendant).
The Plaintiff (wife) must serve this (blank) form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons and Case Statement.

Important note:For Amended Memorandum of Defence, please insert the following at the top left hand of the form:

defendant signature

3.2.2

Form 18 - Memorandum of Defence (Wife)
* Please print up-to-date relevant CPF statements which show, the account balances in the Ordinary, Special, Medisave, Retirement and Investment accounts (for all) and the public housing withdrawal details

* Please refer to item 7.4 for Important Information and Checklist on filing Memorandum of Defence.

To be filed by a wife who is responding to husband's Case Statement in Form 7 (called the Defendant).
The Plaintiff (husband) must serve this (blank) form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons and Case Statement.

Important note:For Amended Memorandum of Defence, please insert the following at the top left hand of the form:

defendant signature

3.2.3 Form 20 - Defendant's agreement to Plaintiff's Parenting Plan

For the Defendant to file where the Defendant agrees to the Plaintiff's Proposed Parenting Plan (Form 12).
The Plaintiff must serve this (blank) form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons and Case Statement.

3.2.4 Form 21 - Defendant's Proposed Parenting Plan

For the Defendant to file where the Defendant does not agree to Plaintiff's Proposed Parenting Plan (Form 12) and wishes to make his own parenting plan proposal. The Plaintiff must serve this (blank) form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons.

3.2.5 Form 22 - Defendant's agreement to Plaintiff's Matrimonial Property Plan

For the Defendant to file where the Defendant agrees to the Plaintiff's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan (Form 15). The Plaintiff must serve this (blank) form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons and Case Statement.

3.2.6 Form 23 - Defendant's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan

For the Defendant to file where the Defendant does not agree to Plaintiff's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan (Form 15) and wishes to make his own matrimonial property plan proposal. Defendant must also file Form 14 (see below). The Plaintiff must serve this (blank) form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons.

3.2.7 Form 14 - Particulars of Housing Arrangement

Additional information on housing arrangement, to be filed together with Form 23 (Defendant's Proposed Matrimonial Property Plan).

3.2.8 Form 36 - Acknowledgement of Service

Upon receiving the court documents by Registered Post, the Defendant is required to acknowledge receipt using this Acknowledgement of Service form and return it to the Plaintiff.

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3.3 Case Statement and Memorandum of Defence (Nullity)
  • Download the applicable form and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the form by typing (not writing) the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only. If you wish to include exhibits, please mark them appropriately. Please paginate your form and the exhibit(s).
  • The forms require you to affirm its contents before you may file them.
  • If the pages of the form cannot be securely fastened with a stapler, please bind them (red for Plaintiff, blue for Defendant and black for Intervener).
     
S/No. Forms Description/Purpose
3.3.1 Form 9 - Case Statement (Nullity)

To be filed by either husband or wife who wishes to commence nullity proceedings (called the Plaintiff). When the Plaintiff serves this form on the spouse, a blank Form 19 must be included.

3.3.2 Form 19 - Memorandum of Defence (Nullity)

To be filed by the spouse (called the Defendant) in response to the Plaintiff's Case Statement in Form 9. The Plaintiff must serve this form on the Defendant together with the Originating Summons and Case Statement.

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3.4 Other Summons
  • Download the applicable form and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the form by typing (not writing) the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only. If you wish to include exhibits, please mark them appropriately. Please paginate your form and the exhibit(s).
  • Some forms require you to affirm its contents before you may file them.
  • If the pages of the form cannot be securely fastened with a stapler, please bind them (red for Plaintiff, blue for Defendant and black for Intervener).
     
S/No. Forms Description/Purpose
3.4.1 Form 10 - Summons

This form may be used to file an application where there is no specified Summons template.

3.4.2 Form 16 - Application to Represent a Person Under Disability

To file an application to represent a person under disability. It must be filed with a supporting affidavit.

3.4.3 Form 24 – Application for Discovery

To file an application for discovery. It must be filed with a supporting affidavit.
The application can only be filed if the applicant has served a written request in Form 25 on the respondent, AND
(i) the respondent has not served a notice in Form 26 after 14 days from the written request; or
(ii) the respondent served a notice in Form 26 but has not provided the documents within 28 days after the written request; or
(iii) the respondent has stated that he/she is not willing or able to provide the documents in the written request.

3.4.4 Form 25 – Request for Discovery

To make a written request to the respondent for discovery of documents.

3.4.5 Form 26 – Notice in Response to Request for Discovery

To reply to a Request for Discovery (Form 25) within 14 days after receiving the request.

3.4.6 Form 27 – Application for Interim Custody, Care and Control of and Access to Child

To file an application for interim custody, care and control of and access to child after filing of the Originating Summons. It must be filed with a supporting affidavit.

3.4.7 Form 28 – Application for Miscellaneous Interim Orders

To file an application for miscellaneous interim orders after filing of the Originating Summons. It must be filed with a supporting affidavit.

3.4.8 Form 29 – Application to be joined as an Intervener

To file an application to join a person who is not a party to the proceedings but has an interest in the proceedings as an intervener. The applicant must be the interested person or a party to the proceedings (with the consent of the interested person). It must be filed with a supporting affidavit.

3.4.9 Form 30 – Application for Leave under S35A

To file an application for leave to continue or commence proceedings in the civil court after filing of the Originating Summons in Syariah Court. It must be filed with a supporting affidavit.

3.4.10 Form 34 – Notice of Withdrawal

The Plaintiff may file the notice of withdrawal if the husband has not pronounced the talak, AND
(i) the Originating Summons has not been served on the Defendant; or
(ii) before judgment, the notice of withdrawal is signed by and endorsed with the consent of all parties.

3.4.11 Form 35 – Affidavit of Service

To be filed using the relevant paragraph of the form, where the Originating summons or application was served in the following circumstances:
(i) Paragraph A of the form: for personal service by a solicitor or solicitor’s clerk authorised by the Court;
(ii) Paragraph B of the form: for substituted service by registered post;
(iii) Paragraph C of the form: for substituted service (excluding newspaper advertisement);
(iv) Paragraph D of the form: for substituted service by advertisement.

3.4.12 Form 37 – Application for Summons to a Witness

To file the application for summons to a witness to give oral evidence in court or to produce documents. The documents required must be specified in the application.

3.4.13 Form 44 – Form of Advertisement

To be used where Order of Court has been given for Substituted Service by way of advertisement.

3.4.14 Form 47 – Notice of Appointment of Solicitors

For solicitors to file notice of appointment of solicitors.

3.4.15 Form 48 - Notice of Change of Solicitors

For solicitors to file notice of change of solicitors.

3.4.16 Form 49 – Notice of Intention to Act in Person

For a party to file where he/she no longer wishes to be represented by his/her solicitors.

3.4.17 Form 50 – Application for Discharge of Solicitors

For solicitors to file the application for discharge of solicitors.

3.4.18 Form 51 – Notice of Ceasing to Act as Solicitor

For solicitors to file notice of ceasing to act as solicitors.

3.4.19 Form 52 – Notice of Appeal against Registrar’s decision or order For applicants to file a notice of appeal against Registrar’s decision or order.

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4. Relevant Forms
  • Download the applicable form and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the form by typing (not writing) the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only. If you wish to include exhibits, please mark them appropriately. Please paginate your form and the exhibit(s).
  • If the pages of the form cannot be securely fastened with a stapler, please bind them (red for Plaintiff and blue for Defendant and black for Intervener).
     
S/No. Forms Description/Purpose
4.1 Standard Query – CPF Board (for members who are 55 and above only)

In addition to the relevant CPF statement, if you are 55 years old and above, you are required to file the CPF Standard Query which show, amongst other things, whether there is any amount which you must set aside or top up to your CPF Retirement Account when you sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of your HDB flat and if yes, the amount.

4.2 Standard Query – HDB Flat

For HDB flat owners – You are required to serve this document on HDB. The written reply from HDB must be submitted at the time of filing the Originating Summons.

4.3 Standard Query – Agreement for Lease

For BTO flat owners or applicants for new flats who have not collected the keys to their HDB flat.

4.4 Request for checking eligibility

You are required to serve the Request for checking Eligibility form on the HDB if you are filing the Agreed Matrimonial Property Plan (Form 13). The written reply from HDB must be submitted at the time of filing the Originating Summons.

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5. Templates
  • Download the applicable template and save it in your computer.
  • Complete all sections in the template by typing (not writing) the relevant information. Do not leave any section blank.
  • Print on one-side of the paper only. If you wish to include exhibits, please mark them appropriately. Please paginate your form and the exhibit(s).
  • If the pages of the documents cannot be securely fastened with a stapler, please bind them (red for Plaintiff and blue for Defendant and black for Intervener).
  • For additional Filing instructions, please refer to this document.
     
S/No. Templates
5.1 Affidavit of Evidence-in-Chief
5.2 Affidavit-in-Reply
5.3 Supplementary Affidavit
5.4 Form 10 (Summons to extend validity of Originating Summons) + Affidavit-in-Support of Summons to extend validity of Originating Summons
5.5 Form 10 (Summons to Vary Order of Court) + Affidavit-in-Support of Summons to Vary Order
5.6 Form 29 (Summons to be joined as Intervener) + Affidavit-in-Support of Summons to be joined as Intervener
5.7 Form 10 (Summons for Substituted Service) + Affidavit-in-Support of Summons for Substituted Service
5.8 Affidavit Consenting to Summons
5.9 Affidavit on Parenting Plan/Split Care and Control
5.10 (Enforcement) The following are the guidelines on the application to the Court to sign on all documents relating to the sale/transfer/surrender of the matrimonial flat on behalf of the defaulting party:
a) Explanatory Notes for Application under Section 53A of AMLA (updated as at 25 Sep 2019)
b) (HDB) Important Notes on Option to Purchase
c) Letter of Demand
d) Affidavit-in-Support of Application under Section 53A AMLA

*For the praecipe, please refer to 6.4.
5.11 (CPF) The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board has updated its Suggested Clauses for CPF matters.
1) CPF Suggested Clauses in Order of Court for Transfer
2) CPF Suggested Clauses in Order of Court for Charging
3) CPF Suggested Clauses to include in Injunction Orders (CPF Assets)
4) CPF Suggested Clauses for Disclosure Orders * Please modify for use
5.12 (HDB) Housing Guidance
[Parties with children below 21 and residing in an HDB flat, may use this form if they require assistance on housing guidance from the Housing and Development Board (HDB)]

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6. Forms for Registry’s use

Please download the relevant forms required and submit it at the counter.

S/No. Forms Description
6.1 Notification of Particulars of Process Server

For use by solicitors only.

6.2 Request to change address or contact details

For parties to update the Court on a change of address or contact details.

6.3 Request to amend the Order of Court or Divorce Certificate for clarification / clerical errors only

For correction of a typographical error in a Decree or Order of Court or a Divorce Certificate.

6.4 Praecipe – Defaulting Party

To request the Court to exercise proxy powers of under Section 53A of AMLA.

6.5 Praecipe – Originating Summons/Summons

To request for affirmation before Commissioner for Oaths and/or extract copies of court documents.

6.6 Praecipe – Copy of documents To request a copy of court documents. A separate praecipe is required for each document requested.

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7. Instructions

Please refer to the instructions below and download the relevant guidelines where applicable.

S/No. Forms
7.1 Instructions for filing court documents
[Please refer to the instructions for filing of forms/affidavits. The Court may reject your filing if you do not comply with the guidelines]
7.2 Instructions on obtaining the Relevant CPF Statement and Additional CPF Information
7.3 Important Information and Checklist for Plaintiff on filing Originating Summons (updated as at 25 Sep 2019)
7.4 Important Information and Checklist for Defendant on filing Memorandum of Defence (updated as at 25 Sep 2019)
7.5 Important Information for Applicant on filing Summons to be Joined as Intervener
7.6 Checklist for Applicant on filing Summons to vary Order of Court
7.7 Checklist for Applicant on filing Summons to vary Order of Court(Revocation of divorce/Remarriage)
7.8 Checklist for Respondent for Summons to vary Order of Court (Revocation of divorce/Remarriage) (updated as at 30 Oct 2019)
7.9 Instructions on attending Parenting PACT
7.10 Court Etiquette (updated as at 1 Sep 2019)
7.11 Dress code (updated as at 1 Sep 2019)

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Last updated: 7 November 2019