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For most people, divorce is a rare and scary thing. You simply do not have any previous experience with it and there are many horror stories you have heard from your friends. Lam & Co.'s expert divorce lawyers are focused on sharing information with you to assist you as much as possible in making painless and correct decisions.

Q: CAN I DIVORCE AFTER 3 YRS SEPARATE ROOMS; UNDER ONE ROOF? A: SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER: IT DEPENDS

Under the Women's Charter, you can divorce based on the fact that:

This is commonly referred to as "3 year separation".
Of course, if the two of you decided to separate and then lived separate and apart from each other, one in China and the other in Germany, in that case, clearly, there is "3 year separation".
Similarly, it there is clearly "3 year separation" if one of you lived in Changi and the other in Tuas.
However, what if the two of you only maintained separate rooms under one roof? Is that enough to satisfy the Court's requirements?

The answer is:

  • It depends.
In order to satisfy the Court's requirements for "3 year separation", it is generally not enough for the two of you to merely have separate rooms under one roof and no intimacy for 3 years while all the time carrying on as before, still acting like husband and wife, for example, still having one of you preparing meals for the family, including the spouse; still having one of you wash the clothes, including the spouse's clothes; and still having one of you clean up after the spouse (or still having the maid to clean up after the both of you), etc. In other words, if the ONLY change is separate rooms and no intimacy, that is unlikely to be enough if you two otherwise continued to live together like husband and wife.
It is vital for "3 year separation" that you two have "lived apart" for those 3 years.
For more details on what is acceptable to the Court in order to constitute "3 year separation", call Lam & Co. now at 6535 1800.

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