The last type of separation is legal separation, in which the parties request an official judgment on the separation of the court. Separation without dissolution of the body is often the most costly and complex, as the parties must prove to the courts that their union is irretrievably broken. To do this, they must indicate reasons such as adultery, inappropriate behavior or desertion. The cost of legal separation can be very high if the issue is complex and not resolved quickly. In Singapore, legal separation (for 3 years before divorce and with the consent of the spouse) is one of the legal grounds for divorce. As a result, an act of separation becomes an important tool for sketching out the most important matters when a couple decides to separate temporarily or forever. Although it is not an authentic instrument known only to the spouses and perhaps their lawyers, the act of separation officially begins the period of separation and, in many cases, also sets the date for the opening of divorce proceedings. In addition, the act of separation sets the date on which the spouses are officially separated, so that they have the right to divorce because of their separation after 3 years when the husband and wife agree to divorce or after 4 years if one of the spouses opposes a divorce and challenges it in court. These conditions are generally similar to those of a divorce agreement and a lawyer can play a decisive role in drawing up the act of separation.

It should also be noted that, in the calculation of the period of continuous separation, allowances may be granted for each maximum period of six months or more, for a total of up to six months, if you and your spouse rehabilitate together, although this period is not taken into account in the period of separation. In the context of an informal separation, the parties live separately on the basis of agreed terms. This offers flexibility, as the parties can decide for themselves the terms of the separation. In order to ensure the validity and recognition of this Agreement by the courts, the Parties should ensure physical separation and termination of spouse obligations (e.g.B. cooking, cleaning for one another). An informal separation agreement can be reached by mutual agreement between the parties and requires low administrative costs. To successfully obtain a divorce on the basis of separation, you and your spouse must be separated for an uninterrupted period of three years in the event of an uncontested divorce and four years in the event of a controversial divorce. The procedure for applying for legal separation is similar to that of a divorce, except that the couple remains legally married in the event of legal separation. The advantage of a legal separation is that the terms of the agreement are approved by the court and are therefore enforceable by court order if a party violates any of the conditions. Not only is this essential, but the intention of both parties must also be clearly displayed…