Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Annulment of marriage - Singapore Divorce law


There are a few grounds for annulling a marriage in Singapore:

1.    The marriage was not consummated due to either party’s inability to

2.    The marriage was not consummated due to the defendant’s willful refusal to consummate

3.    The marriage was not validly consented to, if either party consented under duress, made a mistake, or had a mental disorder at the point of consent

4.    Though capable of giving consent, either party was suffering from a mental disorder that falls under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2008 to an extent that he or she is deemed unfit for marriage.

5.    At the time of marriage, the defendant suffered from a transmittable venereal disease that the plaintiff did not know about

6.    The defendant was pregnant with another party’s child other than the plaintiff’s at the time of marriage that the plaintiff did not know about

There are some defenses that the defendants can take against the plaintiff’s claims for annulment. They are:

·         If the defendant can prove that the plaintiff held knowledge that the marriage could be avoided but still led the defendant to reasonably believe that the marriage can still go ahead.

·         It would be unjust to the defendant for the courts to grant the annulment

You shouldseek legal advice before deciding on what course of action to take. A good divorce lawyer can help you understand your legal rights, responsibilities and explain how the law in Singapore applies to your case.

Should you have any questions or need legal representation, kindly contact Gloria James-Civetta & Co on 6337-0469 for a free consultation, or email to consult@gjclaw.com.sg

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