In December 2016, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) designed the Mandatory Parenting Programme (MPP) for intended divorcees with children under the age of 21 years old to attend a short consultation session before filing for divorce. You do not need to attend this MPP session if your divorce is uncontested and simplified divorce right from the start.
Section 94A of the Women’s Charter states that MPP is aimed to inform parties whom are unable to agree on the reason for divorce and/or ancillary matters, to prioritise the well-being of children and the impact of divorce that may have on a child and the followings: –
The MPP is not the same as marriage counselling. Divorce is a personal choice which has been derived based on your personal observation of your own marriage. It is not anybody’s duty to dissuade a person from forsaking the family, neither is it for anyone to “save’ the family.
You should approach a trained family counsellor if you need someone to talk to.
You may attend a one-time, 2-hour MPP session alone with or without your spouse.
The sessions, which may be shorter than two (2) hours are conducted by counsellors from Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs).
MPP is completely free of charge.
You may proceed to apply for MPP session on your own without seeking your spouse’s consent. Divorce is a personal decision and you can decide not to inform your spouse or anyone.
You may also decide to discuss the matter with your spouse and attend the session at different time. Currently, the sessions are grouped into male and female sessions with 6 to 12 attendees each time.
Nonetheless, if you believe that attending the MPP with your spouse will be beneficial for the divorce and your child, you may email email@example.com with your request.
The only way to be excluded from attending MPP is when a party to the marriage suffers mental incapacity defined under the Mental Capacity Act and produces supporting medical evidence.
When applying for MPP, you may indicate that you are not in Singapore and will not be travelling back in the near future. DSSA will arranged for consultation with you in other mode e.g. videoconferencing.
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Care Corner Centre for Co-Parenting
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