Negotiating post-divorce familial relationships: a case of Singaporean divorce biographies
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Throughout the twentieth century in many Western industrialised societies, there have been dramatic changes tot he traditional family form with the steady increase in divorce rates, ex-nuptial births, de facto unions, single-parent families, stepfamilies, blended families and households headed by homosexual couples (de Vaus, 2002; Cherlin, 2004; Roseneil and Budgeon, 2004). Some of these drastic changes are also observable in other non-Western industrialised societies, including the Singaporean society. Divorce rates have been rising steadily in Singapore for the past decades. The crude divorce rate in 1980 was 0.8 divorces per thousand residents. It increased to 1.9 in 2003 and remained stable at the rate of 1.9-2.0 since 2005 (Singapore Department of Statistics, 2012).