Child Custody

What Is Child Custody?

Child custody is the legal term referring to the authority given to the parent/s to make major and long-term decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, including education, healthcare and religion.

Child Custody
Child Custody

What Are the Types of Child Custody Orders?

There are commonly two types of child custody orders in Singapore, as follows:

Joint Custody

Custody of the child is shared by both parents, which means that both parents are granted equal rights to make major decisions regarding their child’s life. Here, the parents need to facilitate open communication and reach a mutual agreement for every major decision involved in raising their child.

Joint custody is preferred by the Singapore Courts as this order recognises the value that each parent can contribute to the life of a child. It also imparts a key message that neither parent is better than the other, and so it fosters cooperation and respect between the two.

Sole Custody

Custody of the child is given to only one parent or guardian. There are certain situations in which the Court finds this order suitable, as follows:
  • The parents’ relationship has completely deteriorated, prohibiting clear and harmonious communication.
  • One parent has already given up or renounced the child’s custody to the other parent.
  • One parent has been found to have abused the child in the past.
The parent having sole custody does not however have the sole discretion to change the child’s surname or to relocate out of Singapore with the child and the consent of the other parent would still be required in such circumstances.

Care and Control - How Is It Different from Child Custody?

As mentioned above, custody of a child in Singapore refers to decision-making rights for the child with regards to upbringing and major life decisions. Care and control, meanwhile, is concerned with day-to-day matters of the child, including deciding where the child will live, what he or she will eat, etc. Typically, the child would live most of the time with the parent having care and control. The parent who is not granted care and control can still be given access to the child, referring to visitation rights or ‘contact’. Dispute usually arises over the issue of which parent has care and control as compared to which parent has custody though the two concepts are often conflated.

What Are the Types of Care and Control Orders?

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How can we determine what type of Child Custody and Care and Control orders apply?

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What are the rights of the parent who does not have custody and/or care and control?

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Who Are Child Custody Lawyers?

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About Our Lawyers
Amy Lim
Eunice Ong
Amy Lim
Amy Lim
Amy Lim is an experienced family lawyer in Singapore. Drawn to this area of practice due to her own personal life experience, she has a soft spot for women in disadvantaged or abusive relationships. Her advice and approach are always sensible and intended to help you transition to the next stage of your life as painlessly as possible. Whilst always advocating peaceful and amicable resolutions to family disputes, she also has extensive experience in litigating contentious divorce matters.

Amy obtained her Law Degree from the National University of Singapore in 2003. She is an accredited family mediator with training in handling international family disputes; and is also a Collaborative Family Practice lawyer.

Eunice Ong
Eunice Ong
Eunice graduated with a degree in Political Science from the National University of Singapore in 2011. Deciding that a career in law would give her better opportunities to serve the community, she pursued a law degree at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 2016 followed by a Masters in Law in Barcelona, Spain the following year.

Eunice speaks fluent Mandarin, French and Spanish and brings an international and multi-disciplinary perspective to the family issues that come before us. She works closely with Amy on all the cases and has successfully conducted mediations and hearings/trials in the Family Court.

In her free time, Eunice enjoys playing the drums, tennis, watching football, and reading sports auto(biographies).

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