Make divorce more amicable

MSF's no-fault proposal has a lot going for it. Let's debunk some of the misconceptions

An amicable divorce model allows those who already wish to divorce to do so in a less acrimonious manner, says the writer, noting that safeguards will remain in place to ensure that couples have considered their separation seriously.
An amicable divorce model allows those who already wish to divorce to do so in a less acrimonious manner, says the writer, noting that safeguards will remain in place to ensure that couples have considered their separation seriously.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

It is 2021, and 50 years since the passing of the Women's Charter in Singapore. So why are we still debating the value and necessity of divorce?

A recent proposal by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has been particularly contentious in certain circles. The proposal centres on the introduction of a new "amicable divorce" option, to make the process of divorce more accessible for willing parties.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2021, with the headline 'Make divorce more amicable'. Subscribe