- The Maintenance of Parents Act (MPA) only allows your parent to claim for his basic expenses like food, accommodation, medical and transport. The amount claimed is generally not tied to children's salaries although it is a factor to consider.
I understand that my contributions towards maintenance is for life of either party. How do I know if my parent is still alive years forward as we do not communicate at all?The Commissioner will update you once your parent has passed on so that you can stop your contribution henceforth.
Can I engage a lawyer to answer the Commissioner regarding my parent’s claim? I do not feel like attending the conciliation session.It is highly recommended that you attend in person the conciliation to express your views. Legal representation is not allowed in claims before the Commissioner.
Can a nursing home claim maintenance through the Commissioner since the children are not paying for the services rendered to their parent?Yes. An authorized officer of the nursing home should contact the Commissioner for a discussion.
If I agree to maintain my parent now, does it mean that I will be expected to cover any increase in his future expenses?We may approach you for another discussion if your parent’s expenses have increased in the future. It will be for you to decide if you are able to meet this increased set of expenses.
What will happen to me if I do not respond to your Notice to attend a conciliation session with you?The Commissioner is empowered by law to ask you to attend a conciliation session when your parent files a claim. It is therefore important for you to be present so that the matter can be resolved promptly and amicably. If you fail to attend the session without a valid reason, the Tribunal could take your absence into consideration at the hearing of the maintenance application.
I understand you have also invited my brothers and sisters for the same conciliation session. What should I do? I am not on talking terms with them.Your parents have provided us with the names of your siblings. They are encouraged to attend the conciliation session as it gives them the opportunity to discuss your parent's claim for maintenance.
What is the difference between the Office of the Commissioner for the Maintenance of Parents (CMP) and Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents (TMP)?The CMP is an informal means for families to resolve the maintenance issue through conciliation, without the need to escalate the matter to the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents (TMP). The TMP is a last resort and legal channel where the TMP will decide if the application by parents should be granted or dismissed.
My parents do not want to claim from my siblings who are not maintaining them. Can I claim on their behalf?You may only claim on their behalf if they give you consent to do so. They may have their reasons for not claiming from your siblings. However, if the matter goes to the Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents, you may join the other siblings as respondents.
My grandparents/siblings were the ones who raised me up. Can I refuse to maintain my parents?We understand that it may be difficult for you to agree to maintain your parents as they may not have discharged their duties as parents during your formative years. However, children are generally expected to maintain their aged parents as long as it is within their means, unless the facts show that they are clearly undeserving of any maintenance.
Am I still obliged to maintain my parents since we have published in the newspapers on the severance of our ties?Such an act of severance between parents and children has no legal effects under the Maintenance of Parents Act (Chapter 167B).
When and how can applicant (parent, agent or approved organisation) apply for enforcement of maintenance order against respondents (their children) in the Family Justice Courts?You may apply for enforcement of Tribunal maintenance order in the Family Justice Courts (FJC) one day after payment due date, if any of the respondents did not comply with the Order. Please bring along your NRIC, Tribunal maintenance order and an updated statement of the designated bank account to the FJC at No. 3 Havelock Square Singapore 059725. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Tribunal secretariat for assistance to remind the respondents of the maintenance arrears. Our contact details: General line: 1800-258 5128 Address: Family Link@Lengkok Bahru 8 Lengkok Bahru #02-01 Singapore 159052
Can I apply to change [vary, rescind or re-apportion] the Maintenance Order made by the Tribunal?
The aged parent or any of his children named in the maintenance order may apply for a variation of the maintenance order, using [Form 7] and [Form 8] respectively, if there has been:
1. A misrepresentation or mistake of fact; or
2. A material change in the circumstances of the aged parent or any of his children.
The application for variation should be made in person at the Secretariat Office of the Tribunal.
I have just been served a Notice of Application by my parent. Can I request my siblings to be involved?You may apply for your siblings to be joined as Respondents in the maintenance application.