Marriage Annulment

Ordinarily, a married couple can only get a divorce after they have been married for at least three years. However, circumstances do arise after marriage that may entitle them to annul the marriage instead. 

How is an annulment different to divorce?

An annulment renders the marriage null and void, treating it as if it never existed. A divorce acknowledges that the marriage existed and is now being dissolved in law.

How can you get an annulment of marriage in Singapore?

The marriage can be annulled on the following grounds. The other party:

  • was already married to someone else at the time of the new marriage
  • is refusing to consummate the marriage
  • is unable to consummate the marriage
  • was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease or infection before the marriage took place
  • is suffering from mental illness making them unfit for marriage
  • is pregnant by another man

How long does the annulment process take?

If your case is uncontested, it will take 4-6 months to be granted your Certificate of Nullity.

Will I be required to attend court?

In a non-contested case, you will be required as the applicant to attend court on one occasion.

What happens once the annulment has taken place?

When a marriage is annulled, the effect is as if the marriage never took place and parties revert to being “single” rather than “divorced”.

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Meet some of the annulment lawyers

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Mohamed Baiross

Founding Partner

Baiross is the managing partner of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer with an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas including divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, syariah, and civil litigation.

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Muntaz Binte Zainuddin

Partner

Muntaz is a partner in I.R.B. Law and oversees the work of associates as well as manages the firm with the Managing Partner. She holds two degrees from the National University of Singapore.

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Ashwin Ganapathy

Partner

Ashwin has a keen passion in criminal defence and contested matrimonial matters. He has gained a reputation for fearlessly fighting for the defence of accused persons in all types of criminal offences.

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Kulvinder Kaur

Partner

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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Cherie Tan

Partner

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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Mohammed Shakirin

Partner

Mohammed Shakirin graduated from the highly selective Graduate LLB program at the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). He covers a wide range of legal areas for his clients.

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