Child Relocation and Child Custody – Under Singapore law, removing your children to another country without the permission of your spouse could amount to child abduction.
Child Relocation, Post-Divorce: A Primer
Both parents need to consent to the move, whether there is joint or sole custody. If one parent objects to the move, you can’t go ahead without leave of Court.
2. What will the court consider?
The paramount consideration is the welfare of the child. Against this, several factors are weighed:
The reasonableness of the request;
The effects of relocation on the child’s well-being;
The effects on the child if the request is denied; and
The effects of relocation on the child’s relationship with the left-behind parent.
3. Do my feelings matter?
By law, your child’s welfare comes first. Your feelings are important, but they only matter insofar as they might affect your child (e.g. if you would be unable to parent your child effectively if you stayed in Singapore). You also can’t file or object to an application in bad faith (ie. to make life difficult for your former spouse).
4. I think my child might be removed without my consent. What can I do?
Apply to court for an injunction. If your child has already been taken out of Singapore, they are under 16, and less than a year has passed since their removal, you can apply to court to order their return.