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Statistics on Custody Arrangements for Divorce Cases

Type: Parliamentary Questions

Topic(s): Children & Families


9 July 2018

Question

Mr Seah Kian Peng
MP for Marine Parade GRC

To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development in the last three years, what has been the number of divorce cases where custody of the children has been accorded to (i) mothers only (ii) fathers only and (iii) both parents respectively.

Answer

The breakdown of custody orders for divorces from 2014 to 2016 is as follows

Table 1 Orders Made for Custody for Divorces Granted/ Registered in 2014-2016

Year in which Divorce is Granted/ Registered*

 

 

2014

2015

2016

Total number of divorces with custody orders made

3,878

(100.0%)

3,945

(100.0%)

3,957

(100.0%)

  • Joint custody – Both Parents

2,736

(70.6%)

2,834

(71.8%)

2,940

(74.3%)

  • Sole custody - Mother

843

(21.7%)

827

(21.0%)

764

(19.3%)

  • Sole custody - Father

241

(6.2%)

221

(5.6%)

191

(4.8%)

  • Split custody^

44

(1.1%)

43

(1.1%)

28

(0.7%)

  • Others# (involving relatives, non-relatives, State)

14

(0.4%)

20

(0.5%)

34

(0.9%)

 

* Figures are by the year of final judgment granted (under the Women's Charter) and year of divorce registered (under the Administration of Muslim Law Act).

^ Refers to cases where the custody of all children is awarded to parents only, but the orders differ for each child (e.g. joint custody for the first child, sole custody to the Mother for the second child).

# Refers to cases where custody of at least one child involves a relative, non-relative (e.g. guardian) or the State.