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Do Children Have to Support a Destitute Parent?
Yes, under Maryland law, an adult child who has, or is able to earn sufficient means may not neglect or refuse to provide a destitute parent with food, shelter, care and clothing. A destitute parent is a parent who has no means of subsistence and cannot be self-supporting due to old age or mental or physical infirmity. The destitute parent can file a written complaint with the State's Attorney.Read the law: MD Code Family Law § 13-103
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