Cheating as the Cause of Divorce in Singapore
In the intricate fabric of marital relationships, fidelity is often regarded as a fundamental thread. However, when this thread unravels due to infidelity, it can lead to the dissolution of marriages, a phenomenon increasingly observed in Singapore.
In this article, we delve into the multifaceted implications of cheating as a catalyst for divorce, the broader adverse effects on the relationship, the legal recourse available for the aggrieved party, and look into its impact on child custody.
Singapore is not immune to the challenges of marital infidelity. The reasons for cheating are manifold, ranging from emotional dissatisfaction, lack of communication, to the allure of new experiences in a rapidly globalizing world. These factors, combined with the stressors of urban living, can strain marriages, sometimes leading to extramarital affairs.
Adverse Effects on the Relationship
Beyond the legalities, cheating profoundly impacts the emotional and psychological landscape of a relationship. Trust, once broken, is hard to rebuild. The emotional fallout can lead to feelings of betrayal, anger, and hurt, profoundly affecting the mental health of the parties involved. Furthermore, the social stigma attached to infidelity can bring about a sense of shame and isolation, complicating the healing process.
In addition, the dynamics of family relationships are altered. Children may struggle with understanding the situation, often experiencing feelings of confusion and sadness. The familial unit, as they know it, undergoes a significant transformation, which can have long-term implications on their emotional development.
Read more: How Infidelity & Adultery Affects Marriages
Legal Framework: Grounds for Divorce
In Singapore, under the Women's Charter, adultery is explicitly recognized as a ground for divorce. The legal definition of adultery involves voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone who is not their spouse.
For the partner who has been cheated on, proving adultery can be a direct pathway to filing for divorce. However, it requires substantial evidence, which can sometimes be challenging to gather.
Alternatively, the aggrieved party may opt for divorce on the grounds of 'unreasonable behavior', which can include a spectrum of actions that make it unreasonable to expect the plaintiff to continue living with the defendant.
This option might be pursued when direct evidence of adultery is not available.
Impact on Child Custody
In cases where children are involved, the issue of infidelity also intersects with child custody considerations. While adultery per se does not automatically influence the court's decision regarding custody, the primary concern remains the welfare of the child.
If the actions of the cheating spouse are deemed detrimental to the child’s well-being, it may impact custody decisions. However, Singapore's legal system strives to ensure that the relationship between the child and both parents is maintained post-divorce, barring extreme circumstances.
How GJC Law can Help
At GJC Law, we provide compassionate and expert guidance for individuals facing the distress of a marriage broken by infidelity. We offer personalised legal advice, helping navigate the complexities of divorce proceedings.
We ensure that legal processes are handled efficiently and sensitively. Additionally, in cases involving children, we work diligently to address custody matters, always keeping the child's best interests at heart.