Divorcing parents should focus more on kids' welfare: Judge

More divorcing couples are now also resolving all issues amicably without the court's intervention, with seven out of 10 cases filed under the normal divorce track resolved without a court battle, said Justice Debbie Ong.
More divorcing couples are now also resolving all issues amicably without the court's intervention, with seven out of 10 cases filed under the normal divorce track resolved without a court battle, said Justice Debbie Ong. PHOTO: ST FILE

Legal remedies less ideal than having them make healthy arrangements for care, access

Divorcing parents should depend less on legal remedies and focus more on the welfare of the child when wrangling over care, control and access, said Justice Debbie Ong, the presiding judge of the Family Justice Courts (FJC).

In a recent e-mail interview with The Straits Times, Justice Ong, who took over as presiding judge last October, said that letting the court settle child access disputes was less ideal than parents making healthy arrangements by agreement, even if it means parents not getting their way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2018, with the headline 'Divorcing parents should focus more on kids' welfare: Judge'. Print Edition | Subscribe