08 Jun '11, 3pm
"Hot or not"; AWARE elaborates on alimony & attractiveness #SGfeminists
Linking a divorcée’s appearance to her alimony sets a dangerous precedent. It may sound like an episode of Ally McBeal, but fact has once again proved stranger than fiction. On June 3, the Straits Times reported on the High Court’s ruling 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 judgment stemmed from the divorce settlement of a 37-year-old Vietnamese Singaporean woman, in which a judge had asked if the woman in question was attractive. Not surprisingly, the report inspired prompt rumblings of discontent from feminists. AWARE, for example, received calls and emails from many of our members, who were disturbed by the clear danger for arbitrary judgment that may result from this ruling. Business Times col...