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From Substantive Law towards Family Justice for the Child in Divorce Proceedings in Singapore

Leong Wai Kum

(2018) 30 SAcLJ 587

The family justice system at judicial termination of marriage provides the ways by which procedural rules and professional legal practice support substantive law in allowing spouses to achieve justice without acrimony or sacrificing their child’s continued well-being. Achieving justice without acrimony or further harming the child’s well-being are complementary goals. This article traces the evolution of family justice in Singapore. It seeks to demonstrate that family justice may be traced to our substantive law regulating spousal and parental behaviour dating back to the very enactment of the Women’s Charter in 1961. The substantive law provides firm foundation for the mechanics of family justice.