Child Maintenance

by | Mar 11, 2016

How much Maintenance will the Children receive?

Parents have to maintain or contribute to the Maintenance of their Children (e.g. reasonable cost of accommodation, clothing, food and education)

  • This duty exists regardless of:
    • Whom the Children are in the Custody of
    • Whether the Children are legitimate or illegitimate
  • A parent must maintain a stepchild if the Child was treated as a member of the parent’s family and where the Child’s biological parents do not provide complete Maintenance
  • Maintenance can be paid by giving a monthly allowance or making a lump sum payment
  • The amount of Maintenance will be decided by the Family Justice Court after considering the following factors:
    • Financial needs of the Child
    • Income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources of both the Child and parents
      • The ratio of total earning income of both parents (i.e. the financially stronger parent typically pays more)
    • Any physical or mental disability of the Child
    • Age of each parent and the duration of the marriage
    • Contributions made by each of both parties to the marriage to the welfare of the family, including any contribution made by looking after the home or caring for the family
    • Standard of living enjoyed by the Wife or Child before the parent neglected or refused to provide reasonable Maintenance for the Child
    • How the Child was already being educated and how the parents expected him to continue to be educated
    • Conduct of both parties
  • The Family Justice Court can revise any agreement made between the parents relating to the Child’s Maintenance
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About the author

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.