Family Court Singapore
The Family Court Singapore aims to help people sort out their own issues and to ensure the interest of children are represented.
Providing families with help doesn’t always involve actually going to court. There are many advice and support services that the Family Court Singapore will provide or recommend to you first, depending on the nature of your problem. For example, many family issues are resolved after counselling.
If you are facing a family problem or situation that might require the Family Court Singapore’s help, or if you are facing or contemplating legal action, look at the relevant links below. Each link leads to further information about what the Family Court Singapore does in relation to each subject.
What to Expect?
If you are coming to the Family Court Singapore for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions, even concerns, about what it will be like. This is natural. But your image of a Courtroom and what goes on there might be causing you to worry unnecessarily. Family Court Singapore is very different from the dramatic legal proceedings you might have seen on local television!
The Family Court Singapore is focused on helping you do what’s best for you, your children and your family unit. In this section of the Family Court website, we provide a lot of basic information that you should find valuable before you come to Court. Hopefully this will put your mind at ease and make you better prepared for the experience.
Making An Application
Making an application, or responding to an application or order is a serious matter. The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and is not in place of legal advice.
You do not have to instruct a lawyer to make an application or respond to an application or order. However you may prejudice your case if you do not seek legal advice.
In respect of most applications, it is important that you seek legal advice before making an application. You should ensure that you understand what the consequences of obtaining the order will be.
Family Court Singapore staff cannot provide you with legal advice. They can only advise you on what forms you need to complete to make an application and they can advise you on court processes. They cannot tell you what to state in your application.
If you are considering making an application or need to defend or respond to an application or order, you should seek legal advice. You can find a family lawyer through the Find-a-Law-Practice section at the Law Society website. You may also want to seek legal advice at a free legal clinic near you.
Anyone who needs a lawyer but can’t afford one may be able to get legal aid. This is where the Government pays some or all of the lawyer’s bills. Information about family legal aid can be found on the Legal Aid Bureau website.