Who Gets Child Custody After Divorce in Singapore?
Divorce is rarely an easy call to make, especially when children are involved. This brings up the
question: Who gets custody of the child in dissolution of marriage?
Child custody determines which parent will be granted full and long-term decision-making rights
regarding a minor’s upbringing. In Singapore, the court usually issues joint custody to both parents
with care and control given to the mother. In doing so, the court ensures that both parents play an
essential role in the life and development of their child, including making decisions concerning
education, religion and healthcare.
In determining the type of custody, judges in Singapore adhere to the welfare principle, in which the
court will look to the child’s best interests to ensure an optimal living arrangement. This is the main
consideration that influences the court’s decision, and it factors in how each parent can secure the
child’s overall wellbeing up to adulthood:
- Child’s present living arrangement – The child’s
current living arrangement will be preserved as far as possible, especially if the child is
satisfied with his present living condition, such that major changes may have negative impacts.
For instance, having the child transfer schools when he or she is about to graduate, or relocate
to a different environment, may be disconcerting.
- Primary caregiver of the child – While both parents
may equally love their child and desire to gain custody, the court considers which parent spends
the most time and effort in caring for the child on a daily basis. Determining the primary
caretaker also allows the court to decide on other matters such as care and control, access and
parenting plans. In some cases, the judge may request for counselling sessions and social
welfare reports to further evaluate the status of the parents and their relationship with the
child through their interactions and interviews with relatives and other caregivers.
- Parent’s financial ability – Though not an
all-encompassing factor, a parent’s ability to financially secure the future of the child is
taken into account. This covers the capacity to provide for the child’s essentials, including
the home, education and daily needs.
Aside from these, the child’s age and wishes will also be taken into consideration. It is important to
note, however, that no two custodial cases are the same. At the end of the day, it is at the discretion
of the court which factors to examine in relation to the best interests of the child. The judge also has
the authority to make changes to the proposed custodial arrangements, including visitation frequency and
schedules and the amount of child support. The court’s decision is final and comes with consequences for
a parent’s failure to comply.
Going through the process of divorce and settling child custody can be difficult, but having the right
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