Change law on alimony to reflect role of the new-age woman

It is clear women are no longer always the victim in a broken marriage ("Having an affair: Who's to blame"; last Sunday).

Marriage is supposed to be an equal partnership between a man and woman joined in union.

However, the law has made it lopsided. Under the current law, women are allowed to get alimony, even if they are the unfaithful party and the men are the victims.

This makes it even more paramount for the Women's Charter to be changed to take the new-age woman into consideration.

The minor amendments to the Women's Charter are not enough to bring equality to a marriage.

It should be changed so that men need not pay alimony if the woman is the one who causes the marriage to break apart.

In fact, in a short marriage, without children, the couple should be allowed to divorce without alimony.

Soh Kar Chiang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 22, 2016, with the headline 'Change law on alimony to reflect role of the new-age woman'. Print Edition | Subscribe