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Build the Marriage of a Lifetime - Attend a Marriage Preparation Programme
A good marriage begins with the decision to live with, appreciate and enjoy the person you are going to marry. It takes commitment, effort and skills to sustain a strong happy marriage, and we encourage you to participate in a marriage preparation programme to build a strong foundation for your life journey together.

Marriage preparation programmes help prepare couples for a healthy and enriching marriage and family life. These programmes help lay the foundation for the marriage, and equip couples with practical skills and knowledge to manage issues such as conflict resolution and communication. There are several voluntary welfare organisations and family service centres that offer marriage preparation programmes which is supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

Details on the available marriage course for the year 2016 can be found here: Marriage of a Lifetime 2016
Couples who attend marriage preparation programmes supported by MSF are entitled to a $70 rebate upon completion of the programme.

For more information and enquiry, please go to http://app.msf.gov.sg/Policies/Marriages/Preparing-for-Marriage

Mandatory Marriage Preparation Programmes for Minors

To help minor couples better prepare for marriage, they are required to attend a marriage preparation programme before they can be issued with a marriage licence. This is in addition to obtaining parental consent. Currently, the requirement applies where one or both of the marrying parties are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents; and

• Where at least one party is below 18 years old; or
• Where both parties are aged 18 years and above but below 21 years old

Effective for couples marrying on and after 1 October 2016, the above requirement will apply where one or both of the marrying parties are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents; and

• Where at least one party is below 18 years old; or
• Where at least one party is aged 18 years and above but below 21 years old

Note: Age is at the day of solemnisation.

Minor couples are also required to attend a marriage preparation programme conducted by a MSF-approved organisation.
For marriages where one party is below 18 years old, couples must also undergo social assessment by MSF to assess their suitability for marriage before they are issued with a Special Marriage Licence.
You may download the list of MSF-approved organisations that provide marriage preparation programmes for couples aged 18 to below 21 years old here.

For more information, please email msf_mpp1@msf.gov.sg

 
Last updated: 08 July 2015