Separation Under One Roof


Separation under one roof is when you and your spouse separate but continue living in the same home.

If you and your spouse have lived in the same home during part or all of the required 3 years separation period, you need to provide evidence of this to the Court.

Under Singapore law you and your spouse may live together under the same roof but need to show the following:

  • a change in sleeping arrangements between you and your spouse
  • reduction in shared activities or family outings
  • decline in performing household duties for each other
  • financial independence; for example, separate bank accounts, and
  • other evidence to show that the marriage has broken down; for example, notifying family and friends of your separation.

Further to this, separating couples may choose to enter into a Deed of Separation if they wish to live separate lives before applying for divorce.

A Deed of Separation sets out the date on which parties decide to separate, and the terms on which they shall organise their affairs during this period of separation.

If you have any questions, please call Ms James on 6337-0469 or email her, she will do her best to give you immediate free advice on the divorce process in Singapore so that you can put your mind at ease and alert you as to what immediate steps should be taken.