The wife can formally apply to the Court to obtain a Maintenance Order which will formally order the husband to provide maintenance to her and their children
Once a Court has ordered the husband to provide maintenance, he will be liable to be prosecuted for an offence punishable by imprisonment if he fails to comply with the Court’s order to make maintenance payments
The husband will still be required to pay maintenance even if he has already been prosecuted and punished for the non-compliance of the Court order
The Court may also order that the maintenance payments be obtained from the husband in the following ways:
Garnishee Order: a bank or third party will be ordered to pay monies from the husband’s account or funds to pay for the maintenance
Attachment of Earnings Order: the husband’s employer will be ordered to retain a portion of his salary to pay for the maintenance
Jonathan is a family justice lawyer in Singapore. He graduated from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 2002 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn) in 2003.
Jonathan is experienced in handling family and divorce mediation, matrimonial law litigation and also all aspects of trial litigation including conducting negotiations and trials as well as presenting appeals in the High Court and Court of Appeal.