Divorce rates here have soared from 1,721 cases in 1980 to 7,237 in 2012.
Private detectives, lawyers and divorcees tell Benita Aw Yeong how ugly it can get.
Divorcee Pang C.C. admits that the spark died not long after the wedding.
"We already fell out of love in the second year of our marriage, but I didn't want a divorce because I was pregnant," says the 33-year-old general manager, whose marriage officially ended last year.
What she did not anticipate, however, was the "monster" she claims her 37-year-old ex-husband, who runs an IT services company, turned into.
"We were both having affairs. My husband found out and forced my then-lover, who was still an undergraduate, to take photos of us being intimate," she says.
"He told my ex-lover that if he did not comply, he would reveal the relationship to my ex-lover's school's dean and parents."
Ms Pang and her ex-husband had dated for six years before they got married. They had met at a job fair where she was handling some logistics for his company.
Eventually, it was his philandering ways that drove them apart, she claims.
In the incident involving her ex-husband and her ex-lover, the younger man eventually caved in and handed over photos that were later used to arm-twist Ms Pang over custody of their six-year-old son.
"I found out about what my then-lover did when my ex-husband showed me the photos. I later found out that he was also paid $5,000 for the deed," she says.
She broke up with her lover immediately after finding out that he had cashed the cheque given by her ex-husband.
Despite his threats to expose her affair, Ms Pang refused to grant her ex-husband custody of their son.
In retaliation, he took the boy to China, where he had a mistress.
"He took my son to Guangzhou during the December school holidays in 2012," she says, recalling the four painful months she had no contact with their son.
"I begged my mother-in-law to tell me where they were. He changed his handphone number. I made a police report."