Wives and children are entitled to claim alimony (known in Singapore as maintenance) both before and after a divorce. In the event that a husband does not pay, a wife/ex-wife may ask the Court to order payment. Failure to pay maintenance pursuant to an Order of Court may be punishable by a fine and/or jail term.

Either party may also make an application to vary the maintenance amount. Generally speaking, whether this will be allowed will depend on whether there has been a material change in the applicant’s circumstances. For example, if a husband has lost his job, he may succeed in an application to reduce the maintenance payable.

We routinely handle such applications and are well-placed to advise you on the same.


1. How much spousal maintenance can I get?

This is a fact-sensitive question that will depend on many factors. These factors include, but are not limited to: parties’ respective incomes and expenses as well the post-divorce division of assets.

2. Is it true that a husband must pay a wife maintenance?

Not necessarily. Maintenance is only ordered where it would be fair and equitable to do so. If a wife earns the same or more than a husband and if parties do not have children, it is unlikely for such a wife to be awarded maintenance.


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#06-06 Havelock II

Singapore 059763

Tel: 6227 4155
9677 9990 / 9107 5112
Fax: 6224 1393

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