The Maintenance of Parents Act (Cap 167B) provides elderly or needy parents, who are unable to maintain themselves adequately, with a legal channel to seek maintenance from their children, who are capable of supporting them, but are not doing so.
Under the Maintenance of Parents Act, eligible parents can access the services of the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents and/or the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents.
The Commissioner, appointed under the Maintenance of Parents Act, helps parents who are unable to support themselves, secure monetary contributions from their children through conciliation. The parties may be referred for mediation and/or counselling.
The Tribunal, established under the Maintenance of Parents Act, provides a legal channel for aged parents to seek financial maintenance from their children when they are unable to support themselves adequately.