“Being a single parent is not a life full of struggles, but a journey for the strong. ” - Meg Lowrey -
Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs)
There are 4 DSSAs:
Speak to the DSSA counsellors or visit their websites to find out how they can assist you.
Care Corner Centre for Co-Parenting
Tel: 6747 2428
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.orgAddress: Blk 21 Eunos Crescent, #01-2983, Singapore 400021
Operating Hours: (Consultation by appointment only)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9am to 6pm
Thursdays, 9am to 9pm
Fridays & Saturdays, 9am to 6pm
Thye Hua Kwan Centre for Family Harmony @ Commonwealth
Tel: 6357 9188
Email address: email@example.comAddress: 54 Commonwealth Drive, #01-566, Singapore 142054
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am to 6pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 9pm
Saturdays, by appointment only
HELP Family Service Centre
Tel: 6457 5188 (Weekdays, 9am to 6pm)
Address: Block 570, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-3317, Singapore 560570
How to File for Divorce
Since divorce is the legal procedure that ends a marriage, you are strongly advised to consult a lawyer to understand your legal rights and options. You will be advised on whether you are eligible to file for divorce and what you are required to do. The lawyer will then prepare the necessary legal documents on your behalf.
Words of Advice
Couples are encouraged to seek resources such as marriage counselors to see if the marriage can possibly be saved. Therefore, before proceeding you may wish to consult a counselor to explore the impact this move will have on you and your family so that can be more emotionally prepared for the process or to explore other alternatives.
When these options have been explored and no compromise can be found; it is wise to seek legal counsel. Hence, if you decide to proceed, you will need to see a lawyer for advice and assistance. The lawyer will advise you on whether you can file for divorce and, if so, will prepare the necessary legal documents on your behalf.
Helps are available.
Speak to a lawyer to know your legal rights and options.
If you do not already have a lawyer, you can consider attending AWARE’s free legal clinic to consult a lawyer about divorce proceedings and related matters, or other issues such as family violence and harassment.
AWARE offers a free legal clinic to women twice a month (second and fourth Thursday evening of every month). For a one-time consultation, the lawyers can explain your legal rights and options in a wide range of areas at a one-time consultation. You must make an appointment for the legal clinic in advance by calling the Helpline.
To be eligible for AWARE’s free legal clinic, you shouldn’t have already engaged a lawyer and your monthly income does not exceed $4,000.
Click here for FAQs about the free legal clinic.
Other Free Legal Clinics
For other free legal clinics, click LegalClinics.sg. You will find contact details and eligibility there.
If you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident and have never sought legal advice before, and/or are unable afford a lawyer, you may call Law Society to make an appointment for free basic legal advice at their Community Legal Clinics, on a one-to-one basis for 20 minutes. These clinics run Mondays to Thursdays (excluding public holidays and eve of public holidays).
Take note that registration is required before an appointment can be made for consultation at the Community Legal Clinic.
To register for an appointment, you may choose to:
- Call them at 6536 0650;
- Send an email to Law Society Pro Bono Services; or
The Community Legal Clinic flyer provides more details (e.g. locations and opening hours, etc).
You may also find the LegalHelp website (www.legalhelp.com.sg) useful. LegalHelp is supported by a network of local lawyers who have volunteered to contribute their time and effort to help those in need.
In the event that you are unable to get an appointment at our Community Legal Clinics, you may wish to consult the other clinics listed here for free legal advice.
TIP: Always Call First
Most legal clinics do not cater to walk-ins (i.e. you usually need to register first). Even for clinics which permit walk-ins, call first to confirm they are available for consultation. These clinics are typically run by volunteers, and schedules are subject to change.
Alternatively, if you would like to work through the emotional issues surrounding your marriage, consider speaking to a helpliner at AWARE or have a counselling session with one of their counselors (Mondays to Fridays, 3pm to 9:30pm). There is a minimum charge of $20 per session if you are not working or your monthly salary is $2,000, and the maximum charge is $80 if you are earning a higher salary. The cost of counselling is 1% of your monthly salary per session.
Helpline: 1800 777 5555 (Mondays to Fridays, 3pm to 9.30pm)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: AWARE Center, 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22, Singapore 130005
Support Group for Women Contemplating Divorce
Divorce is a difficult path to take — but sometimes, remaining in the marriage can be just as challenging.
Are you feeling lonely or helpless, confused or lost about whether or not to rebuild your family, or make the painful decision of getting a divorce? If so, perhaps you can consider joining a support group. AWARE has support groups dedicated to women contemplating divorce.
You will meet and draw support from other women facing similar struggles, and explore a different topic each week. Learn about helpful resources, support one another through emotional upheavals, and gain clarity and meaning in the decisions you’ll have to make.
AWARE Support Group
Eligibility: Women who are at the stage of contemplating divorce
Venue: AWARE Center, 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22, Singapore 130005
Registration fee: $100 ($50 to be refunded if 85% attendance is fulfilled)
Duration: 7 Weekly Sessions (7pm to 9pm)
Click here to fill out the interest form.