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Kids' interests take priority in post-divorce cases
by Gwendolyn Ng

THERE is no easy solution in post-divorce cases when it comes to dividing the marital home, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, said yesterday.

He was responding to suggestions by Madam Cynthia Phua, an MP for Aljunied GRC, to review the present arrangements.

She also proposed mandatory counselling for children in divorce cases.

Under the Women's Charter, the court will decide on the division of matrimonial assets, including the flat or house, on a case-by-case basis. The court will take into account each party's contributions to the property, the children's needs and any agreement between the parties.

"Making it a requirement for the matrimonial flat or house to be sold for the proceeds to be shared by both parents may not be in the interests of the children," Dr Balakrishnan said, adding that the current arrangement provides flexibility for the court.

He also felt that the need for counselling should be assessed by the parents and the Family Court. "Children will almost always be adversely affected by a divorce. There are no easy solutions," he said.



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