People in Singapore are either too quick to take divorce decisions, or they are too scared to do so. A divorce case can become interesting considering their lack of knowledge regarding asset distribution, maintenance payment, child custody and more. This post is based on child maintenance, its implementations and conditions.
WHAT ARE THE BASES OF DETERMINING CHILD MAINTENANCE?
If you think you’re only liable to pay for the medical child borne by your spouse, these lines will help you broaden your knowledge. Following are some terms and conditions that court considers while determining child maintenance.
SECTION 127 OF THE WOMEN’S CHARTER
Parents may be restricted by the court to pay certain amount of child maintenance for the well being of their child, or children, under 21 years of age. In general, the court looks into this matter while going through ancillary matters and determines child maintenance at the final hearing.
CHILD OF MARRIAGE
Now, you may want to know about the term “child of the marriage” as you may well have your own child or children, along with the adopted child. The position of child becomes vital when you’ve married a person who already has his/her own children who are either living with the family, or have been settled away from home due to studies or any other purpose.
According to section 92 of the Women’s Charter, the term “child of the marriage” applies to the following:
- Medical child
- A child adopted by both the parties after marriage
- Any other child (who belongs to either of the spouses) living in the family before the spouses decided to part ways.
EXCEPTIONS OF SECTION 127 OF THE WOMEN’S CHARTER
Section 69(5) of the Women’s Charter indicates that a child may still be entitled for maintenance upon reaching or surpassing the age of 21, upon following conditions:
- If he or she carries a physical disability
- If he or she is yet to complete education or vocational training
- If he or she is going through compulsory military services
Again, you might be having questions as to what factors court takes into account while determining your liability. Spouses may be ordered to contribute partially or wholly, depending upon their financial stability.
SECTION 69(4) OF THE WOMEN’S CHARTER
The court considers the nature of case and all circumstances including the following:
- What are the financial needs of the child or children?
- How much does each of the parents earn and
- What is their present earning capacity?
- What are the other sources of income for parents, such as property and family support?
- Does child, or any child in the family suffers from long-term physical or mental illness?
- What is the age of each of the parents?
- Who long did their marriage last?
- What was the child’s standard of living before his parents ceased to live together?
If you’re too scared to divorce your husband or wife because of child maintenance issue, these lines must have helped you take a better decision. For further details, you can contact divorce lawyer Singapore.