Updated: 03/13/2014 22:22

Children's needs to be taken care of during divorce proceedings

Children's needs to be taken care of during divorce proceedings

A new programme for couples considering divorce will be introduced, to ensure that children's needs are well considered before divorce proceedings start. 

This was announced by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, Low Yen Ling, during the 's Committee of Supply debate. 

She says issues concerning the child are often only discussed during or at the end of the divorce process. 

"The breakdown of a marriage can be traumatic, especially for the child. Often times, he or she is unfortunately caught in between the divorcing couple, and many times, the child's interests and welfare are adversely affected. We need to do more to mitigate the negative effects of divorce."

The new programme will have the couple discuss their children's needs, understand the importance of positive co-parenting and as well as make them aware of the detrimental effects of a bitter divorce. 

As for children whose parents are going through or have completed divorce proceedings, support programmes will be expanded, to help them cope with their feelings and come to terms with the break-up. 

Other programmes will also be launched to help parents work through their emotions and overcome their co-parenting difficulties. 

Ms Low also added that her ministry will work with the social service sector to raise the capability and capacity of agencies handling divorce-related issues. 

More details will be announced later this year.

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