I have a question that I'm itching to get answered and can't find any resources in google. So here it goes and I'm hoping someone have experience on this matter.
I am a Filipino who worked in Singapore on 2013 to 2014. At that time, I wanted my girlfriend to live with me there so we arranged a marriage in Singapore, for her dependent pass. But this marriage is not known in the Philippines because we did not file it in Philippines' registry of marriages.
On 2014, we decided to go home to the Philippines. Then, a year later, we broke up and now, I have a new girlfriend. Sooner or later, I will propose marriage to her. I figure that my current girlfriend and I cannot get married here in the Philippines, even if my ex-wife and I did not file our marriage, if I am still married in Singapore since marriage is international law. If I choose to continue with marrying my current girlfriend, it will seem that that marriage is not valid because of the same reason.
I can, however, file the marriage here in the Philippines but we do not have divorce in the Philippines. Annulment on the other hand can be very expensive (a lot more than Singapore cost, probably) due to court proceedings and lawyer fees.
My questions are:
1. How will I go about getting a divorce in Singapore without living there?
https://singaporelegaladvice.com/law-ar ... singapore/In order to obtain a divorce in Singapore, either you or your spouse must meet the following eligibility requirements under sections 93 and 94 of the Women’s Charter:
1. Be domiciled in Singapore at the point of the commencement of divorce proceedings OR habitually resident in Singapore for at least 3 years, before the commencement of divorce proceedings; AND
2. Have been married for at least 3 years, unless the party filing for divorce has suffered exceptional hardship or exceptionally unreasonable and cruel behaviour
It seems like there is no way for foreigners to apply for divorce when they are not currently residing there.
2. What are my options here in this dilemma?
I cannot just go back in Singapore and file a divorce because it goes against the #1 eligibility requirement of divorce (see above).