Spousal Maintenance In Singapore
In Singapore, the court may order the husband to pay maintenance to his wife either during or subsequent to the grant of a judgment of divorce, judicial separation or nullity of marriage.
There is no need to file for divorce before applying for spousal maintenance.
When making a decision on spousal maintenance, the court has broad discretion to decide on the amount of maintenance to be paid to the wife or the ex-wife, taking into account all the facts of the case.
There is no set formula for determining how much spousal maintenance should be paid. Some of the factors that the court will consider, include:
- the salary and earning capacity of each party in the past, present and future
- the financial needs and obligations of each party in the future
- the standard of living of each party before the marriage broke down
- the age of both parties and how long they were married for
- any direct and indirect contributions made by each party to the household
- any losses suffered by each party as a result of their marriage
- and length of the marriage
Changes to the Women’s Charter mean that wives may also be ordered to pay maintenance to their husbands or ex-husbands who are incapacitated and unable to work and support themselves if there is a clear need.
Spousal maintenance can either be paid on a periodic basis or calculated as a lump sum payment.
The major area of dispute in spousal maintenance stems from what is considered "reasonable expenses". It is important to note that whilst the wife may earn a lower income, there is still an obligation on her to pursue employment and meet her reasonable needs.
At GJC Law, our team of family lawyers can advise you on whether you are seeking spousal support or your spouse is making a claim against you, our lawyers have the necessary experience to achieve the best possible outcome for you.