Simplifying Divorce in Singapore: Introducing Mutual Agreement as a New Ground

Simplifying Divorce in Singapore: Introducing Mutual Agreement as a New Ground

Starting July 1, 2024 married couples in Singapore will benefit from a significant change in divorce laws. The latest amendment to the Women’s Charter introduces a new, amicable pathway for couples to end their marriages through mutual agreement, eliminating the need to cite fault-based reasons like adultery. This progressive step aims to reduce conflict and emotional distress, ensuring a more compassionate divorce process.

Current Grounds for Divorce

Previously, Singaporean couples could only divorce on specific grounds: adultery, desertion, unreasonable behavior, or separation for three years (with consent) or four years (without consent). These requirements often necessitate assigning blame, which can exacerbate conflict and emotional pain.

New Amendment: Divorce by Mutual Agreement (DMA)

As of May 13, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced the new Divorce by Mutual Agreement (DMA) provision, effective July. This amendment, passed in January 2022, is designed to lower the acrimony typically associated with divorce proceedings.

Under the DMA provision, couples can mutually agree to divorce if they believe their marriage has irretrievably broken down. Both parties must provide the court with evidence of the breakdown and demonstrate attempts at reconciliation. They must also present arrangements for their children’s welfare and financial matters.

Court’s Role and Children’s Well-being

Despite this new provision, the court maintains the authority to reject a divorce if there’s a reasonable chance of reconciliation. Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Sun Xueling, emphasized that the DMA aims to minimize conflict, helping families heal and move forward. Protecting children from the pain of contentious divorces remains a priority.

Extension of the Co-Parenting Programme (CPP)

Alongside the DMA, the mandatory Co-Parenting Programme (CPP) will be extended. Currently, only couples with minor children filing for divorce on the standard track—those who haven’t agreed on divorce reasons or issues like child custody—must attend CPP. From July 1, this requirement will also apply to couples on the simplified track.

The CPP offers support from counsellors to help parents prioritize their children’s well-being. It aids in establishing co-parenting arrangements and addressing the implications of divorce.

Simplified Uncontested Divorce Pricing

For those considering a simplified uncontested divorce, our services start from S$900 (terms and conditions apply). This pricing is applicable for cases with no property and no children involved. Please contact us for a detailed consultation to ensure you meet the criteria for this package.


These amendments to the Women’s Charter signify a progressive shift in Singapore’s family law approach. By introducing divorce by mutual agreement and extending co-parenting support, the new provisions aim to lessen the emotional toll of divorce on families, particularly children. From July 1, couples will have a more compassionate and less adversarial route to ending their marriages, focusing on healing and moving forward.

For more information on the latest changes to divorce laws in Singapore and how they can benefit your family, contact us today. Let’s ensure a smoother, more amicable transition for you and your loved ones.

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