America's Best Kept Secret: An Adult Child's Duty to Support Aged Parents
Ann Hartwell Britton
Widener University Delaware Law School
January 1, 1990
California Western Law Review, Vol. 26, p. 351, 1990
Many states have statutes that, like child support statutes, require adult children to support their indigent parents. The statutes have been mostly ignored ever since Medicaid stopped requiring applicants to exhaust this resource (suing their adult children for support). However, some of the statutes still provide ways for adult children who are, in fact, supporting needy parents to obtain contribution from their siblings. As long as the statutes remain, Medicaid could, of course, reverse its policy of not requiring their enforcement.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Parents, Children, Support, Filial Support, Duty to Support
JEL Classification: K19
Date posted: September 11, 2010
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