How does the Court make decisions on Child Custody in a Divorce?

by | Feb 1, 2024 | Media

In deciding which parent to give Custody or Care and Control to in a Divorce, the Family Justice Court in Singapore takes into account the “welfare principle” which is a guiding principle stating that the Court will always make decisions that are in the best interests of the Children.

The welfare of the Children is something that is taken into account in broad terms and is not only calculated in terms of physical or financial terms. This means that the Court will also take into account what is best for the Children in terms of their emotional, psychological, educational and moral development. To decide on this, the Court can also obtain reports from social service agencies and counsellors to review the circumstances of the parents and Children and what type of Custody and Care and Control would be suitable for them.

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About the author

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.