Payout to divorcee cut to $1 a month

Payout to divorcee cut to $1 a month

An elderly man, whose six children have all taken the side of his divorced wife, has achieved a victory in the High Court.

A judge has cut the initial $60,000 lump sum maintenance payment he had to pay his former wife to a nominal $1 a month.

Justice Choo Han Teck found that the circumstances of Mr Chue Hon San, 71, were stacked against him as he no longer worked as a taxi driver and has dim job prospects.

These issues were relevant to the "question of how much maintenance he ought to pay" to his former wife, Madam Wong Yim Yen, also aged 71.

They divorced last year after being wedded for 46 years.

In March, the Family Court ordered that the HDB flat in Bukit Batok in the couple's names be sold, from which Madam Wong would get $259,537.

About $119,230 from the flat's sale was returned to their daughter Alicia Israel, being Central Provident Fund monies she had used to help them buy the flat about 10 years ago.

The lower court had explained that Madam Wong's share included the $60,000 lump sum maintenance and her portion of the couple's matrimonial assets.

Mr Chue, who represented himself, appealed against the decision to the High Court, seeking an increase in his portion to $200,000, to enable him to buy a studio flat.

He said that none of the six children, aged between 40 and 49, were willing to support him given their allegiance to their mother.

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