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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Caryn Lee

Senior Associate

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 Kaur


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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Nur Izyan

Senior Associate

Izyan is a senior associate of the firm. She advises on civil litigation, family law, Syariah law, estate law, criminal defence, insolvency and restructuring, debt recovery and employment matters.

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Ameera Bajrai

Senior Associate

Ameera is a talented associate at the firm. She advises on civil litigation, family law, Syariah law, estate law, criminal defence, insolvency and restructuring, debt recovery and employment matters.

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Chia Ming Yun


Chia Ming Yun graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016 with a double degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce. With her accounting background, she is meticulous and analytical.

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