Deed of Separation

Deed of Separation starting from $600

Separation, as defined under Singapore law, means that parties are living separate lives, and for all intents and purposes no longer presenting themselves as husband and wife. They remain still legally married to each other, and all the legal obligations of being married to each other still apply.

Living separate lives does not necessarily mean parties are physically living in separate locations. Since parties are likely to still have some overlap in their lives (for example because of children), a deed of separation is a useful agreement that is entered into between a husband and wife to set out and manage each party’s rights and obligations in relation to the marriage, such as:

  1. Care and control, custody and access to the children
  2. Maintenance for the wife and/or children
  3. Division of matrimonial assets in the event of a divorce
  4. The timeline, reasons, and party to commence a divorce

A deed of separation is not a Court document, and cannot be filed in Court. Signing a deed of separation does not mean that parties will be “automatically divorced” in the future either. There are a number of practical reasons why a couple may wish to have a deed of separation:

(a) Parties have decided to divorce but they have not been married for at least 3 years

Singapore law prescribes that generally, a couple has to be married for a period of at least 3 years before they can get a divorce. Sometimes people do not wish to wait that long before going on with their separate lives.

(b) Parties have decided to divorce but they do not wish to do so yet

Even in cases where the marriage has been for more than 3 years, parties may decide to stay married legally because of the children or HDB property (you may only sell in the open market after the minimum occupation period).

(c) You may not have decided to divorce, but wish to live apart for a period of time

A party is still considering divorce but wants to have evidence that the period of separation has commenced.

(d) To establish proof that parties were actually separated

Should a party decide to get a divorce, a deed of separation will serve as documentary proof that those parties have in fact separated from a specified date.

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Our Deed of Separation fees start from $600.

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Cherie’s primary focus is on matrimonial matters where her empathy, sensitivity and patience has won her many cases involving divorce, maintenance and custody. She speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien.

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Liuyong assists clients in commercial dispute resolutions, general corporate matters, bankruptcy, and family matters such as divorce. Other than English, Liuyong is able to converse in Chinese, Hokkien, and Cantonese.

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Caryn graduated from the University of Bristol (UK) with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree in 2016. Caryn was subsequently admitted to the roll of Advocate and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2018.

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Kulvinder’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, and matrimonial affairs. She has successfully obtained sole custody and highly favorable access arrangements for her clients (both mothers and fathers).

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