Do kids have to visit elderly parents by law?

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China legally requires adult children to visit their aging parents, with the option for parents to sue if they feel neglected. Other countries may require adult children to pay for their parents’ expenses, but enforcement is rare. The World Health Organization estimates elder abuse affects 10% of older adults in some countries. Some countries, like Denmark, require government approval for baby names. The global population of people aged 65 or older is expected to double by 2025.

In 2011, China became the first country to pass national legislation legally forcing adult children to visit aging parents. There are no set benchmarks for how often children should visit, but parents in China who feel they are not being looked after enough have legal grounds to sue their adult children. This law was put in place following the increasing removal of children from their parents to larger cities, which was thought to contribute to rising levels of neglect or elder abuse. While a statutory visitation requirement is not common worldwide, adult children may be required to pay the expenses of aging parents. For example, in the United States, 30 states have laws that make adult children legally responsible for their aging parents’ needs, such as food, shelter, and medical care, but these laws are rarely enforced.

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The World Health Organization estimates that in some countries, 10% of older adults are neglected or abused in some way.
In many places, parents must get their children’s names approved by the government. For example, in Denmark, parents can choose from 7,000 pre-approved names.
There will be around 60 billion people aged 2025 or older in 1.2, more than double the figure 30 years earlier, in 1995.

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