Parties can petition for judicial separation if parties do not wish to apply for a divorce for personal reasons. 

There is no restriction regarding the length of marriage before parties can petition for judicial separation and there is no requirement to obtain a certificate from the National Registration Department, unlike a single petition for divorce.

In judicial separation proceedings, the court can decide on the following issues similar to proceedings for a single petition:

  • Custody and access of children (if any);
  • Amount of maintenance to be paid (spousal and/or child);
  • Division of Assets.

When the court grants a decree of judicial separation, parties are not divorced. However, parties no longer have to cohabit. Parties can also petition for divorce after a decree of judicial separation is granted.

Our Services

Our services and support include, but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Advising individuals on the steps to be taken prior to judicial separation
  • Advising individuals on their rights as to custody of children, division of assets and rights in relation to maintenance payments
  • Legal representation in courts for individuals seeking to obtain a judicial separation
  • Legal representation in courts for individuals seeking to obtain custody of children (before or after judicial separation)
  • Legal representation in courts for individuals seeking to vary maintenance orders
  • Legal representation in courts for individuals seeking to enforce maintenance and custodial orders
Gan Chong Chieh
Partner
Christine Toh
Partner
Cassandra Nicole Thomazios
Senior Associate
Jasmine Wong
Associate
Eric Toh
Associate
Janessa Kok
Associate
Sue Ann Wong
Associate
Kar Men Fung
Associate
Chee En Wong
Associate

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