Sham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties

Reading Time: 3 minutesSham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties What does a sham marriage mean? Between March and July 2017, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) uncovered one of the largest sham marriages to date. Some 17 syndicate members were arrested and 12 of which were convicted. A sham marriage, which is legally referred […]

Can you apply for maintenance orders while still in a legal matrimonial relationship?

Reading Time: 3 minutesA common misconception that many have is that maintenance orders may only be made following divorce proceedings. However, did you know that you may apply for a maintenance order while still in a subsisting marriage? The table below summarises whom may apply for reasonable maintenance under Section 69 of the Women’s Charter. Maintenance for Applicant […]

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What does the abolishment of marital rape mean for Singapore?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe situation that immunity from prosecution for marital rape raises serious concerns. Marital rape immunity prevents a husband from being prosecuted under an offence of rape unless certain conditions are being met. The law on rape is provided under Section 375 of the Penal Code. The definition of Rape is the penetration of the vagina […]

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Varying Spousal Maintenance Orders in Singapore

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou have an existing maintenance order against your spouse/ex-spouse. Your financial situation has changed. You would now like to change by increasing amount of money you receive. How do you go about doing this? Maintenance orders are orders made by the court to mandate the payment of maintenance between the married/divorced couple. Unlike the division […]