Under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the definition of “children” has been expanded to include daughter-in-law and son-in-law.

Children taking care of Parents

Last updated on Jun 1, 2022

Indian law requires all persons to maintain and support their parents – biological, step-parents as well as adoptive depending on the circumstances. The Maintenance and Welfare Of Parents And Senior Citizens Act, 2007 is a special law under which a senior citizen (above 60 years) can apply to a tribunal for maintenance from their adult children or legal heirs. You can apply for maintenance if you are unable to take care of yourself. 

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Claiming Maintenance from Tribunal for Senior Citizens

You can file an application in a Maintenance Tribunal under the Maintenance And Welfare Of Parents And Senior Citizens Act, 2007.

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Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Sikh parents who are aged or infirmed can seek maintenance from their grown children under Hindu law.

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There is no standard amount of money awarded as maintenance for parents. It is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Maintenance under the Code of Criminal Procedure

A person who refuses to maintain parents who are unable to maintain themselves can be ordered to give a monthly allowance for maintenance.

Maintenance after death

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