I receive many enquiries on family law matters every day. One of the most frequent questions from the enquirers is: How to get a copy of divorce papers in Singapore?
How to get a copy of divorce papers in Singapore?
This really depends on the situation.
If you are the one filing for a divorce, and you have a lawyer, you should be able to get a copy of the divorce papers from your lawyer.
If you are not the one filing for a divorce, and your spouse has a lawyer, your spouse’s lawyer will be serving a copy of the divorce papers on you.
It gets more complicated if you (Person A) are the one filing for divorce and your spouse (Person B) is not willing to sign the papers. Worse still, your spouse may be evading service (refusing to accept the divorce papers).
For instance, “Shahs of Sunset” start Golnesa Gharachedaghi recently filed for divorce from Shalom Yeroushalmi. According to sources, Yeroushalmi refuses to sign the papers “just to give her a hard time”.
In a case like this, Person A’s lawyers will try to serve the papers on Person B directly, by hand. If this is not possible, Person A’s lawyers may serve the papers on Person B through substituted means (via email, newspaper advertisements or pasting a copy of the divorce papers on Person B’s wall). If none of these method is possible, Person A’s lawyers may make an application to dispense with service altogether.
If Person B does not inform the Court of his/ her intention to defend the case, the divorce will go through eventually.
Person B may then wonder about how to get a copy of divorce papers in Singapore. He/ she can approach Person A’s lawyers to request for a copy of the divorce papers, or write to the Family Justice Courts for assistance.
See: Derrick Bryson Taylor, “GG’s ex refuses to sign divorce papers”, Page Six, 6 July 2017
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