Family Law

While marriages carry the notion of a “happily ever after”, that may not always be the case. In those instances, divorce is often contemplated. However, the entire process can prove challenging and hence it’s imperative to consult good divorce lawyers or family lawyers in Singapore.

Dhillon & Panoo LLC has the required experience and knowledge to resolve family law issues with great sensitivity. In particular, Mr Sunil Singh Panoo is a highly sought after divorce lawyer in Singapore for his proficient and professional management of matrimonial matters under Singapore’s family law.

Understanding that matrimonial matters can become thorny, complicated and just plain unpleasant, we assure you’ll receive the utmost care from our team.

One of the unfortunate casualties of matrimonial litigation is the child and we aim to provide you with efficient legal advice so as to resolve issues as quickly as possible and to minimise any detrimental effect on minors involved. These could range from urgent maintenance orders, to child custody issues or protection orders from a spouse.

Besides the aforementioned, our team of skilled divorce lawyers in Singapore also aim to provide excellent counsel on issues regarding division of assets and maintenance.

Our experience in family law is not restricted to Singaporeans alone. We have also handled expatriate divorce cases, including where conflict of jurisdiction becomes an issue.

Before beginning divorce proceedings, we will need to ascertain that there is legal basis to proceed once prerequisite conditions are deemed fulfilled.

Conditions for Divorce

Two conditions would have to be met before you can file for divorce in Singapore:

  1. Duration of marriage

You need to have been legally married for at least 3 years before you can apply to the Court for a Writ to proceed with a divorce suit on the basis that your marriage has broken down irretrievably.

However, if you are able to prove that you have suffered exceptional hardship or there has been exceptional depravity on the part of your spouse, then the Court will allow you to file for a Writ for divorce. However this will require you to file an application in court to obtain leave to file the divorce before the minimum 3 years has passed.

  1. Domicile / habitually resident

You or your spouse must be domiciled in Singapore; being a citizen would suffice. In the alternative either of you would have to be habitually in Singapore for at least 3 years prior to commencing divorce proceedings.

Causes for Divorce

When you apply to the Court to obtain a divorce, it has to be satisfied that your marriage has broken down irretrievably, based on one or more of the following factual basis:

  1. Adultery

You have discovered your spouse’s infidelity, as such you can no longer tolerate living with him / her.

  1. Unreasonable Behaviour

Your spouse’s action and behaviour are in such a way that you can no longer be expected to continue living with him / her.

  1. Desertion

Your spouse has deserted you for at least 2 years

  1. Separation for 3 years

You and your spouse have been living apart for at least 3 continuous years and he / she consents to a divorce.

  1. Separation for 4 years

You and your spouse have been living apart for at least 4 continuous years, in which case there is no necessity to obtain his / her consent to proceed with divorce.

We will advice you on the above and also on the following:

  • Annulment
  • Maintenance
  • Custody, care and control of children. This will also include visitation rights.
  • Division of matrimonial assets
  • Division and / or sale and / or transfer of your property and / or HDB flat
  • Personal Protection Orders
  • All divorce or related hearings whether in open court or in chambers

The above would involve reference to the following Legislative

  • Women’s charter
  • Guardianship of Infants Act
  • Family Justice Act
  • Maintenance Orders Act
  • Family Justice Rules