08 Jun '11, 1am

ST Forum Letter 1 on alimony & attractiveness, by AWARE #SGfeminists

WE REFER to last Friday's report ('Divorce and the attractive woman') and the judgment rendered by the High Court in this case. The High Court took the view that it was relevant for a judge to take into account the attractiveness of a wife in determining her chances of remarriage when exercising its discretion on whether to grant lump sum or monthly maintenance. The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) is surprised and disturbed by this judgment. While it may be valid to take into account a person's imminent prospects of marriage - for example, where there is evidence that a party intends to marry another party - it surely is not right for a court to go down a speculative line of reasoning as to whether a person, based on her looks, personality, ethnicity, nationality or relationship history, is likely to remarry. It is, moreover, problematic to assume that...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_677330...

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