This library guide collates relevant resources relating to maintenance of children, aged parents and spouses from various government sites and online sources.
Maintenance is a form of financial support. The Women's Charter 1961 (2020 Rev Ed) provides the legal basis for maintenance of children and (former) spouses under Part 8. The laws of maintenance of wife and child (but not of incapacitated husbands) applies to all persons in Singapore, whether Muslim or non-Muslim.
The Maintenance of Parents Act 1995 (2020 Rev Ed) provides the legal basis for the maintenance of aged dependent parents, and also applies to all persons in Singapore. It establishes the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents as a statutory judicial organ, and is administered by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.
S 3 of the Maintenance of Parents Act defines the parent who may make an application for maintenance.
Enforcement of these maintenance orders are dealt with primarily under Part 9 of the Women's Charter. Variation of a maintenance order made ancillary to an application for a judgment of divorce is provided for under s 118.
(Source: Leong Wai Kum, Elements of Family Law, 3rd Ed (2018))
Agencies that Assist with Draft Applications for Enforcement of Maintenance Orders
|Application for a maintenance order or an application to enforce an existing maintenance order
|Application to enforce an existing maintenance order that is related to divorce proceedings only
Singapore Council for Women Organisations
|PPIS AS-Salaam Family Support Centre
Add: Blk 41, Chai Chee Street, #01-16, Singapore 461041
Tel: (65) 6745 5862
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm