Wanted: Your views on Women’s Charter
The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has invited the public to give feedback on the proposed changes to the Women’s Charter.
The proposed changes are, primarily, for measures:
- to strengthen the enforcement of maintenance orders; and
- to mitigate the impact of divorces by mandating marriage preparation courses for prescribed classes of persons;
- mandate mediation and counseling; and
- make financial provisions for maintenance of children through transfer of divided matrimonial assets to a child.
What you can do:
AWARE will be submitting its views on the changes and to this end, would like to invite you to:
- Read about the proposed changes here.
- Read the Charter here.
- Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments by 6pm on Sunday, October 24 2010
We welcome and will consider all your contributions.
The main changes include the following:
A. Measures to facilitate marriages
- Waive the residence condition for Singapore Citizens and/or Permanent Residents;
B. Measures to address divorce and its impact
- New conditions for marriage involving minors and divorcees;
- Mandatory post-filing counselling and mediation for couples with children;
- Court to make appropriate orders for non-compliance of counselling and mediation;
- Court to make ancillary orders for foreign divorces;
- Court to order parents to deposit money into the Children’s Development Account; and
- Other amendments.
C. Measures to enhance the enforcement of maintenance orders
i. Measures to deter maintenance defaults and secure payments
- Court to order banker’s guarantee, financial counselling, and community service on defaulters;
- Report defaulters to credit bureaus;
- Remarrying divorcees to declare maintenance debts;
ii. Streamlining of enforcement process
- Obtain defaulters’ employment details from CPF Board;
- Court to order parties to provide information on their financial status in maintenance proceedings;
- Provide for service of summons via registered post.