Tsai Michelle Nguyet v Lee Yong Lee

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeHamidah Bte Ibrahim
Judgment Date22 September 2000
Neutral Citation[2000] SGDC 40
Citation[2000] SGDC 40
Published date19 September 2003



1. The parties were married on 2nd December 1995 in Fairfax County, State of Virginia, USA. The Petitioner (wife) is an American Citizen and a Permanent Resident of Singapore whilst the Respondent (husband) is a Singapore citizen. There are no children to this marriage. The marriage was dissolved on the 10th of December 1999 on the wife’s petition that the marriage had broken down irretrievably because of the unreasonable conduct on the part of the husband. The issues of the division of assets and maintenance for the Petitioner were adjourned to be heard in chambers.

2. These were heard before me on the 17th of May 2000 and at the conclusion of the hearing, I made the following orders :-

(a) the Respondent is ordered to pay lump sum maintenance of S$15,000 to the Petitioner;

(b) Payment is to be made within 4 weeks from the date of my order; and

(c) No order as to costs.

    The Petitioner wife has now appealed against the above orders.

3. The parties were married in the United States of America after having courted for some 5 years whilst pursuing their tertiary education at Purdue University. After their marriage, they returned to live in Singapore where they resided with the Respondent’s parents at the latter’s house at No 2 Saraca View, Singapore.

4. Within 3 months of the marriage, the Petitioner discovered that the Respondent had a more than platonic interest in another woman and worst still, that she had contracted herpes, presumably from the Respondent. In February 1996, the Respondent left his parents’ house and went to live in a rented apartment in Upper East Coast Road. In May 1996, the Respondent moved back to his parents’ house and in June 1996, he moved out again to live at No 26 Stratton Drive, another property belonging to his parents. He lived there alone until April 1997 when the Petitioner, who had until then been residing with the Respondent’s parents at No 2 Saraca View, moved in with him. She continued to reside with the Respondent at Stratton Drive until February 1998 when she moved out. The parties have been living separate and apart since then.

5. Neither party seriously disputes these dates and there is general consensus that the period the parties lived together as husband and wife did not amount, in total, to more than 14 months.

6. Shortly after their arrival in Singapore, both parties secured employment. The Petitioner initially worked as a Hospital Pharmacist at the Kandang Kerbau...

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