The Maintenance of Parents Act
Families are the basic unit of society and the first line of support for its members.
The Maintenance of Parents Act (Chapter 167B) [the Act] allows parent/s, who are unable to maintain themselves, to apply to the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents [‘the Tribunal’] for maintenance from their child/children. This is a legal process.
The Act also provides for a Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents (the Commissioner) to consult with parent/s and child/children to assist them to reach an agreement by conciliation and to represent them, if necessary, in their claim against their child/children.
All new claims must first be referred to the Commissioner for conciliation. This is to facilitate amicable resolution of disputes without the need for an application to the Tribunal.