If under joint custody/shared custody, is the father the only one paying maintenance or or both parents? Paying to the one who has care n control over the child?
Both have to pay for the child. Both have to play a part in raising the child.
I'm not a lawyer or a judge and the following does not constitute as legal advise. For godsake, child support in essence is paid to the child. Each party responsibility starts at 50:50. If one party is worried that the other party might spend not on the child, that party can insist to pay into the CDA account. CDA account for most part can only be used on the child. Yes, there are people who use children as little bags of money, but Singapore Judges are very smart now so as long you can present your point reasonably, it will be difficult for the other party to profit off the child. Example : Maid cost $600 SGD, one can argue to divide by number of people in the household divided by 2. 600 / 2 /2 = $150 only. Food - quote is marginal cost, Clothes -> cannot be every month buy new clothes? There after the total cost come out, you can say you pay allowance directly to the child and a portion go to CDA account for school fees. At the end of the day, the one take care of the child is kind of expect to lose some money financially but time with child is priceless ;)Read more
According to the Law society of Sg "Under the law, both parents are responsible for maintaining the child. Whoever has custody, care and control of the child can apply for maintenance. In cases where a maintenance order is required urgently, an application can be made immediately at the Family Court without having to wait for the commencement or outcome of the divorce proceedings. The Judge can order either or both parents to pay maintenance for the child. This order can be made any time during the marriage or separation or after the divorce. The order may state that the maintenance is to be paid to the parent having custody, care and control of the child."Read more
Doesn't matter what kind of custody it is, the one who have care and control over the child can file for the other party to pay for maintenance as both parents are responsible for the child and it is up to the court to decide if the amount is right. Before filing for maintenance, do draft up a list of spendings of the child. (Child care, diapers, milk power etc.) Also remember to keep all the receipts so as to proof the amount spent. At any point of time after the order is made, the child expenses increase (going to primary/secondary school), you can file another order for an increase but that will subject to approval and if the other party is able to afford.Read more