Maintenance means providing ‘dependents’ with basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and amenities. It also includes access to essential services such as hospitals, etc.

Care for Parents and Elderly

This explainer discusses maintenance given to senior citizens or parents through a court by their children. It primarily deals with the law laid out in the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.


Can a parent file a maintenance application against more than one child or relative?

Can the amount of maintenance given to a parent or senior citizen, change at a later time depending on the situation?

I do not have sons. So, can I claim maintenance from my daughter?

If my parents have filed a maintenance application against me, can I also involve my brother?