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LATEST CHANGES TO MANDATORY PARENTING PROGRAMME

Mandatory parenting programme extended to divorcing parents with children below 21 years old  from Jan 21

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Mandatory parenting programme extended to divorcing parents with children below 21 years old  from Jan 21

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is extending the Mandatory Parenting Programme (MPP) to include divorcing parents with children below 21 years old. This will be applicable to all parties who wish to file for divorce on or after Jan 21, 2018.

The Mandatory Parenting Programme, introduced in December 2016, requires parents with children under 14 to undergo a private consultation session on parenting before filing for divorce. Rather than being an additional hurdle for divorcing couples to clear, the Programme aims to support families who might be facing conflict – to help parties prepare themselves for parenting after the divorce, and to protect minor children by ensuring their welfare is kept front and centre throughout.

With the latest changes, parents with children under 21 years old must now also go for the Mandatory Parenting Programme.

Q: Who conducts the session and when is it held?

A: The session lasts for 2 hours and is conducted by a counsellor from a Divorce Support Specialist Agency. It needs to be completed before the divorce writ is filed.

Q: What does the session cover?

A: The session aims to help parents understand, and prepare for, some of the legal and practical issues surrounding parenting after divorce. These include finances, housing, custody and access, co-parenting, and the impact of divorce on children.

The Programme is separate from the existing requirement for families with children under 21 to undergo compulsory counselling and mediation after the divorce writ is filed.

Q: Do I have to pay for the session?

A: No, it’s free (and private – you don’t have to attend with your spouse, although you can choose to.)

Q: How do I apply for the Programme?

A: Go to https://www.msf.gov.sg/Divorce-Support/Pages/Mandatory-Parenting-Programme.aspxand follow the link. You need to log in using your SingPass.

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