This refers to a court order that requires a person or persons to give at least a determined sum of money to an individual stated in that order.
The following is a list of people who are eligible to apply for maintenance:
Maintenance for a child will usually expire when the child reaches his 21st birthday or when the child becomes financially independent. However, if the child suffers from any physical or mental disabilities, the maintenance order may continue until he recovers from that disability, even after he turns 21.
Under the law, both parents are required to pay maintenance to a child. The order may state that this sum of money to paid to the parent who has the custody of the child. The following considerations would be made by the judge when considering the amount of maintenance:
For a wife / ex-wife, the judge will try to place them in the same standard of living if the marriage had not broken down. The following considerations would be made by the judge when considering the amount of maintenance:
Below is a rough outline if one wishes to apply for maintenance, or for the enforcement for an existing Maintenance Order. Note that the person applying for maintenance is referred to as the Complainant and the other person is the Respondent.
An appeal to the Judge of the High Court may be filed if one is not satisfied with the Maintenance Order. In order to file for an appeal, a Notice Of Appeal (Form 114) must be filled up in the Civil Registry of the Subordinate Courts. A sum of $2000 and $3000 has to be paid as security for the other party’s cost of appeal against a Magistrate’s Order and District Judge Order respectively.
One may file a Magistrate’s Complaint against a person who does not live in Singapore only if one knows the address of the respondent and the country the respondent resides in has made arrangements with Singapore regarding maintenance matters.
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