The amount of maintenance will be decided by the Court after considering the following factors:
Financial needs of the wife
Income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources of both the wife and husband
Any physical or mental disability of the wife
Age of each party and the duration of the marriage
Contributions made by each of the 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 before the husband neglected or refused to provide reasonable maintenance for the wife
Any value / benefit which one party would stand to lose as a result of the Divorce (e.g. pension)
Conduct of the parties
The husband’s duty to maintain the former wife will generally end upon his death or when the wife remarries (whichever is earlier)
The Court generally aims to place the parties in the financial position in which they would have been if the marriage had not broken down
The general aim of requiring a former husband to maintain his former wife is to even out any financial inequalities between the spouses, taking into account any economic prejudice suffered by the former wife during the marriage (e.g. financial loss when a wife sacrificed her career or lost out in her earning capacity in order to look after the family)
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.