In Singapore, we have actually only one actual ground for a divorce. That is when the marriage is irretrievably broken. However, there are a number of scenarios in which grounds for divorce can be considered. Examples are desertion, 3-year separation, adultery, unreasonable behavior and others. In this article, we shall focus on claim of unreasonable behavior.
It’s important to understand what constitutes “unreasonable behavior” in a court. Below are some of the commonly cited behaviors and note that this list is non-exhaustive:
- deprivation of sex
- mental and or verbal abuse
- drug addiction
- compulsive gambling habits
- intimate associations with other party outside of the marriage
- refusing to assist with expenses
- refusing to take part in the care of the children
- working too many hours
The important thing to take note to this approach (to divorce) is that the behavior must be regarded as something that is unreasonable for the plaintiff to live with and can be subjective.
Advantages of divorce based on unreasonable behavior
It uses a subjective test. Hence, the term “unreasonable behavior” can be loosely defined. This also means that the defendant is not required to admit to the behavior that was alleged. This approach can also be most cost efficient. Draw a comparison to a claim of adultery which must be proven and this usually is expensive, time consuming and an arduous divorce procedure.