How will the Court determine who the children should live with and how much time they spend with the other parent? Will the Court in Singapore be able to make decisions in respect of my children?
The welfare of your children will be the Court’s paramount consideration. The Court will only make orders they believe would be in the best interests of your children.
Children’s issues in Singapore can be divided into the following three categories:
Custody – the parent with custody of the children will be responsible for making major decisions on the children’s lives (e.g. religion, education and medical-related decisions).
Generally, joint custody will be ordered to ensure co-parenting continues even after the marriage has ended.
Care and control – the parent with care and control will be responsible for the children’s daily care and will be the parent whom the children live with.
In making care and control orders, the Court will take into account all the circumstances of the case including (but not limited to) the role both parents played in their children’s caregiving, the relationship each parent shares with their child and, where the children are old enough to express themselves, the children’s wishes.
Access – the parent without care and control will be given reasonable access to their children.
Access orders carve out fixed timings to allow this parent to continue spending time and bonding with their children even though they are no longer living together.
As far as possible, the Court will strive to ensure both parents have fair and reasonable opportunities to continue building a good relationship with their children.