A civil divorce in Singapore involves 2 steps:

Step 1: Dissolution of Marriage

Step 2: Ancillary Matters (covering aspects such as custody of child, division of matrimonial properties and spousal maintenance)

At the end of the Step 1, if the court decides that the divorce is successful, the court will grant an Interim Judgment, which is an order to dissolve the marriage. The Interim Judgment is a temporary judgment and it is not a final judgment.

After the court has granted an interim judgment, the court will proceed to Step 2, which is to settle the ancillary matters.

Parties are required to wait for 3 months (from the date of Interim Judgment is granted) in order to apply for converting the Interim Judgment to become the Final Judgment.

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