Trends in the Division of Matrimonial Property Based on Contribution: An Empirical Case Study Based on the Structured Approach in Singapore

(2022) 36:1 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family ebac009 1

28 Pages Posted: 18 May 2022 Last revised: 6 Jun 2022

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Leon Vincent Chan

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Richard Xu Kaizhe

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Date Written: May 16, 2022

Abstract

Different jurisdictions have adopted different approaches to the division of matrimonial properties. While some have greater certainty and predictability from a rules-based approach that adopts equal division as a starting point, others have adopted a discretionary approach with little to no guidance from the legislation. Using statistical methods, this empirical quantitative study seeks to show how trends (and in turn certainty and predictability) can be obtained from a discretionary system, using Singapore’s contributions-based approach as a case study. Analysing 265 Singaporean judgments, the authors observed, amongst other trends, that division for both single-income and dual-income marriage tend to incline towards equality as the marriage length increases; there are divergences in collective outcomes from the Singapore Court of Appeal and Singapore High Court, and judgments from the Singapore Family Justice Courts; direct contributions have a significant impact on division for dual-income marriages; and the presence of child(ren) significantly influences division.

Keywords: division, matrimonial property, divorce, Singapore, contribution, quantitative, statistical, social sciences

JEL Classification: K36, K33, K11

Suggested Citation

Chan, Leon Vincent and Kaizhe, Richard Xu, Trends in the Division of Matrimonial Property Based on Contribution: An Empirical Case Study Based on the Structured Approach in Singapore (May 16, 2022). (2022) 36:1 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family ebac009 1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4105853

Leon Vincent Chan (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Richard Xu Kaizhe

National University of Singapore (NUS)

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Singapore, 119228
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