30 December 2012

Adult Children's Access to Parents Now Mandatory in China

The BBC has reported on an innovative new law enacted by the Chinese government that would require adult children to visit their parents or risk being sued by the state for their neglect. This is a serious problem in China, which lacks affordable elder care despite an eighth of the population being over sixty.

In British Columbia, where we do have a socialized system of health care and elder care options, we are of course proceeding in the opposite direction. Not only do we not have a law requiring adult children to visit their parents, our law requiring adult children to support to their parents was repealed by ss. 258 and 482 of the Family Law Act on 24 November 2011.

See the CBC report or the Financial Post report for further discussion of this innovative new law.