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Seeking Maintenance from Children

Needy elderly parents can seek financial maintenance from their children who are capable of supporting them, but are not doing so. These parents can seek assistance from the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents.

The Commissioner conducts conciliation sessions to resolve the maintenance needs of the elderly. If conciliation is not successful, they can file an application for maintenance at the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents.

The Maintenance of Parents Act

The Maintenance of Parents Act sets out the legal framework in Singapore for parents seeking maintenance from their children.

Using Conciliation to Get Maintenance from Children

Conciliation is one of the ways needy elderly parents can seek maintenance from their children.

See Also

Commissioner 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.

Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents

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.

Last Reviewed On Tue, Dec 20, 2016