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Fewer divorcees defaulting on maintenance

Fall in number of defaulters jailed, applications for enforcement orders

Published on Apr 7, 2014 7:10 AM

Fewer divorcees have been defaulting on maintenance payments since landmark amendments were made to the Women's Charter three years ago.

Last year, 19 people were jailed for failing to pay up, compared with 45 in 2011.

The number of court applications for enforcement orders compelling former spouses to maintain their ex-marital partners and children has also dropped from 1,900 in 2009 to 1,700 last year. A small number of these cases involved women paying their former husbands.

"These figures show that we are seeing an improvement," said senior divorce lawyer Tan Siew Kim.

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Wives have to work or have children to take care of and cannot keep on applying for leave each time to go down to the Family Court or SCWO's Maintenance Support Central to file such orders in person.

- Family lawyer Rajan Chettiar, on the application for enforcement orders