Under a proposal submitted last Monday by the Civil Affairs Ministry to China’s State Council, adult children would be required by law to regularly visit their elderly parents. If they do not, parents can sue them.
“Before, the courts did not accept this kind of lawsuit,” Wu Ming, a deputy inspector for the ministry, told The Legal Evening News this month. “But from now on, they will have to open up a case.”
It is not obvious that the proposal is going to pass:
“The national delegates are rational enough,” Mr. Jing said.
China, by the way, has the world's third highest elderly suicide rate. The article is interesting throughout.