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There is still some sense of stigma attached to divorce in Singapore, although the most recent data suggests that social attitudes are changing and remarriage for divorcees is on the increase.In 2011, 25.5% of Singapore marriages involved at least one partner remarrying, up from 19.7% in 2001.Therefore, since the 1980s the government has been extremely proactive in both encouraging and incentivizing Singaporeans to marry and have children.
Latest figures show that in 2010, about 20% of marriages were inter-racial.
These include tax exemptions, childcare subsidies and parental leave that for a middle-income, two-child family add up to around SGD2,000 in support until both children turn 7.
Much of Singapore’s nascent nationhood has been constructed on the back of the nuclear family, and its demise would not only be disastrous for the country economically, but may also spell the end of the entire Singapore ‘project’.
Additionally, despite the fact that marriage rates are falling and people are getting married later, there is nevertheless a prevailing sense that marriage is the ‘normal’ state of affairs and that people who don’t marry have missed an important part of life, and although there is no open discrimination against unmarried people, anecdotally there is often the sense that those who don’t marry are atypical, and perhaps out of mainstream life.
This is one of the many paradoxes around dating and marriage—most Singaporeans hold the view that marriage is the state to which all should aspire, and yet growing numbers remain unmarried.