Gender Equality at Work: Parliament Approves Alimony for Poor Men


Can your ex-husband pay his bills on time? You’d better hope so.

Last Feb. 9, Parliament has amended the Women’s Charter, stipulating that some ex-husbands can apply for alimony if they are unable support themselves.

Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin states that, “While we may review it in future, the proposal to extend maintenance only to incapacitated men is a calibrated measure.”


The move was met with mixed reactions, with some women claiming that will encourage “soft” men who would rather be lazy and get a free “meal-ticket” from their ex-wives’ paycheck.

But others say that the question of who pays alimony should be based on fairness instead of gender, as in the case of husbands who are ill, or stay-at-home men who take care of the kids while the wife works as breadwinner.

Are the courts protecting the rights of both men and women? Should children still have to take the man’s surname if it’s the wife who has to pay alimony? Let us know in the comments below.


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