What are the responsibilities of adult children to their parents? Is it a
moral responsibility? Is it a legal responsibility? In what circumstances?
Many Canadian provinces have some form of law requiring adult
children to financially support a parent in need. However, the laws are seldom
used, given the existence of old age security that is available
for many but not all older adults in Canada.
Family (Filial) Responsibility Laws in Canada
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examples of provincial laws that identify a responsibility of adult children to their parents.
- Hon. Madame Justice Marion Allan (July, 2008). Will you still need me, will
you still feed me, when I'm 94. The scary demographic reality of aging baby
boomers and their children's liability under criminal and family law. The
Advocate, Vol. 66(4) 501-515.
- BC Law Institute Report (March 2007).
Project on the Parental Support Obligation in Section 90 of the Family
- Snell, J. (1996) The Citizenís Wage: The State and the Elderly in Canada,
- Brent, W. (1996) Lines
of Dependence: Rebirth of Parental Support Legislation in Canada. Appeal
Review of Current Law and Reform. Vol. 2, 52-57.
- Bracci, C. (2000). Ties That Bind: Ontario's Filial Responsibility Law.
Canadian Journal of Family Law, Vol. 17, pg. 455 - 500.