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Indiana University
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Children's Duty to Support Aging Parents?

From the Washington Post:

As the daughter-in-law rolls open the rusted doors to her garage, light spills onto a small figure on a straw mattress. A curious face peers out.

It’s the face of Kuang Shiying’s 94-year-old mother-in-law — better known as the little old lady who sued her own children for not taking care of her.

The drama playing out inside this house reflects a wider and increasingly urgent dilemma. The world’s population is aging fast, due to longer life spans and lower birth rates, and there will soon be more old people than young for the first time in history. This has left families and governments struggling to decide: Who is responsible for the care of the elderly?

A few countries, such as India, Singapore, France and Ukraine, now require adult children to financially support their parents. Twenty-nine U.S. states have similar laws, though they are rarely enforced because the government provides aid.

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There's seems to me to be a lot of articles posted around the nation that discuss this topic. My personal opinion, if the parents treated their children with love and respect and the parents supporting their children during the 'tender years' of childhood and adolescence, then as adults, their children ought to be there by the side of their parents to support their parents during their 'silver years'.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham | Oct 25, 2013 10:25:53 AM

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