Family Secrets: Filial Support and its Impact on California Law Impact on California Law - By Diana P. Zitser and Brandon Johnson

By Diana Zitser Diana Zitser

WHILE “HONOR THY father and thy mother” is a central tenant in many faiths and societies, very few people know that, in California, filial piety can be enforced under the law. Most people in California already know that California law can require a person to pay child support for the benefit of their minor children and spousal support, also known as alimony, to their former spouse. But the laws that can require an adult to pay filial support to their parents are so obscure that many legal practitioners are not aware they even exist.

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