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Syariah Court introduces measures to safeguard children in divorce

Published on May 27, 2014 10:22 AM
 
To put the children's interests before that of the adults', the Syariah Court will be introducing measures from as early as next year to make the divorce process more child-centric. -- FILE PHOTO: BH

SINGAPORE - The needs of the children often fall by the wayside when their parents embark on long and hostile divorce proceedings.

To put the children's interests before that of the adults', the Syariah Court will be introducing measures from as early as next year to make the divorce process more child-centric.

"The divorce of parents hurts the family, even if it is amicable," said Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, who was speaking to an audience of 150 family lawyers, representatives from government agencies and other stakeholders at a seminar on managing divorces which involve children.

"The impact can continue with the children into adulthood. Research has shown that those who experienced divorce as children face challenges breaking the cycle in adulthood," he added.

 
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