This case involved an expat Wife and Singapore Husband. Shortly after their child was born, the parties’ marriage broke down.

The Wife wanted the Husband to apply for the Child to have Singapore Citizenship. The Husband refused. The Wife then applied to Court to compel the Husband to register the Child for Singapore citizenship.

The Court considered whether the Husband has a constitutional duty to do so and concluded that as a Singaporean, he had the discretion to decide whether he wanted to register the Child (who was born outside Singapore) for citizenship here.

Summary: In trans-national cases involving expat and local parents where one parent strongly wants their child to be a Singaporean, the answer is not always clear cut if the other parent objects.

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