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Opinion
 
Radha Basu, Senior Correspondent

Maintenance laws must be made gender neutral

The Women's Charter needs to be tweaked to ensure that men are protected too

Published on May 8, 2014 5:22 PM
 
-- ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

A 69-year-old man, Mr T, has been ordered to pay $70,000 in maintenance to his former wife despite the fact that he is retired, she earns more than him and he paid the mortgage on their marital home.

Singapore's highest court recently upheld the maintenance order even as it acknowledged that it seemed a "little generous" based on the "facts of this case".

However, happily for Mr T, rather than tamper with the maintenance, the Court of Appeal lowered his former wife's share of the property proceeds from 90 to 55 per cent after scrutinising the couple's finances and their respective contributions to the marriage.

It also struck down the lower court's order for the retiree to maintain his adult children.

 
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