Pain and suffering damages do not count as marital assets, High Court rules in divorce case

Justice Debbie Ong said compensation for pain and suffering awarded following an accident are not assets acquired by the efforts of a spouse during marriage.
Justice Debbie Ong said compensation for pain and suffering awarded following an accident are not assets acquired by the efforts of a spouse during marriage.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

SINGAPORE - Compensation awarded for pain and suffering to a husband who was injured in an accident should not be included in the pool of assets to be divided between him and his wife during their divorce, the High Court has ruled.

In a decision last week, Justice Debbie Ong said some components of compensation - such as lost earnings prior to the divorce - may be considered matrimonial assets.

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