What are the ground(s) for Divorce in Singapore?

There is only one ground for Divorce, i.e. that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To prove this, you must show one or more of the 5 factual situations:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Separation for 3 years with consent
  • Separation for 4 years without consent

Adultery #

By Adultery, this means that your spouse has committed adultery, and you find it intolerable to live with him or her.

Unreasonable Behaviour #

For Unreasonable behaviour, it means that your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live with him or her.

Desertion #

By Desertion, it means that your spouse has deserted you for at least two years.

For 3 years’ Separation, it means that your spouse agrees to the divorce, that you and your spouse have been separated for at least three years.

For 4 years’ Separation, it means