Glossary on Singapore Divorce, Nullity, Separation, Adoption and Family Law
Voluntary sexual intercourse between a man and a woman who are not married to each other but one or both of whom is or are married.
A decree of nullity is a legal statement asserting that a marriage is not valid. This is available in circumstances where a marriage is void or voidable. Unlike divorce, it is not necessary to have been married for three years to obtain a Judgment of Nullity.
Property that is unlikely to be shared between the parties on the breakdown of the marriage or civil partnership unless it is required to meet needs. Generally non-matrimonial property is:
- Acquired by one party before the marriage
- Acquired by one party by gift
- Inherited by one party
Generally speaking, all property acquired by the parties after the marriage, unless it is non-matrimonial property. Non-matrimonial property is usually property inherited by a party or received by that party as a gift, as well as pre-marital property.