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Navigating the complexities of spousal maintenance and child support can be overwhelming during a divorce or separation. Our dedicated legal team specialises in providing comprehensive support in these matters, ensuring your rights are protected and the best interests of all parties involved are considered.

Spousal maintenance

Spousal maintenance is a critical aspect of divorce proceedings, and it’s essential to understand that the court’s decision depends on various factors. We provide expert guidance on spousal maintenance, taking into account factors such as:

  1. Your Income and employability: The court considers your financial situation, including your income, employment status, and employability when determining spousal maintenance.
  2. Nominal maintenance: In some cases, the court may award nominal maintenance to preserve your rights for potential future adjustments. This can be crucial if your circumstances change, such as illness or job loss.
  3. Monthly maintenance: We assist in negotiating and securing monthly maintenance payments from your spouse, providing you with a stable income to support your needs.
  4. Lump-sum maintenance: If you prefer a clean break from financial support, we can help you pursue lump sum maintenance to ensure your financial independence.
  5. No maintenance: In certain situations, the court may rule that no spousal maintenance is necessary, particularly in short marriages or when your income is sufficient to cover your expenses.

Child support and maintenance

When children are involved, child support and maintenance are critical issues. Our services include:

  1. Calculating child expenses: We work with you to calculate the reasonable expenses required to raise your children, considering their well-being and future needs.
  2. Apportioning contributions: The court often determines each parent’s contribution proportionate to their income and expenses to ensure a fair distribution of child support responsibilities.
  3. Enforcing child support orders: If necessary, we can assist in enforcing child support orders to ensure your children receive the financial support they need.

Our team is committed to providing you with expert legal advice, compassionate support, and tailored solutions to address your unique circumstances. Contact us today for a consultation to discuss your spousal maintenance and child support concerns. We are here to guide you through the process and protect your rights and the best interests of your family.

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Frequently asked questions

Who can apply for child maintenance?

The following parties can apply for child maintenance in Singapore:

  • a parent who continues to live with the child after divorce,
  • a lawful guardian who takes care of the child on behalf of parents,
  • any sibling who is more than 21 years old,
  • the child himself or herself, for example, after reaching the age of 21 if the eligibility criteria are met.

What determines the amount of maintenance?

There is no fixed rate or formula to determine the amount of maintenance for a spouse or ex-spouse in Singapore. The court will define a monthly payment or order reimbursement upon the product of receipts, or request a lump sum be paid based on a number of factors. This can loosely include:

  • income, property, and other finances of the spouses;
  • earning ability of both spouses;
  • financial needs and responsibilities of the spouses during the marriage or expected in the foreseeable future;
  • standard of living enjoyed by the family before the divorce;
  • age of spouses and the duration of the marriage;
  • any physical or mental disability;
  • contributions made by spouses to family’s welfare, which include managing the home or caring for the family, among others; and
  • value or benefit that would be unobtainable for any of the spouses after the dissolution of marriage.

For more information, please do get in touch to discuss your case.

What determines the amount of child maintenance?

Much like spousal maintenance, there is no pre-determined rate or formula to calculate this.

In general, the sum transferred for child support shall cover medical costs, essential costs of living and education. It must also provide for the same lifestyle the children had been accustomed at all times.

Please get in touch to discuss your matter further.

Can maintenance be enforced?

Yes. Singapore law provides strict enforcement measures to ensure that the obliged parties fulfill their obligations.

In situations where the party does not fulfill these obligations, the recipient of the maintenance can make a Garnishee Order or an Attachment of Earnings Order [AEO], which obliges a bank or an employer to deduct a portion of funds or salary and make transfers for maintenance.

There are other enforcement options available depending on the situation. Please get in touch for further information.

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