In the US, does a parent have any heightened duty of care to a grown child than that of an adult stranger to another adult?

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    I don't understand your question. Could you rephrase it in proper English? What does "grown child" mean to you?
    – gnasher729
    Sep 30, 2017 at 11:55
  • Looks like there is a typo or mistaken choice of word. I can't make sense of what is being asked either.
    – ohwilleke
    Sep 30, 2017 at 19:16
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    I think it asks whether an adult (18+) parent has a higher duty of care to his/her adult child than does Adult A to unrelated Adult B.
    – A.fm.
    Sep 30, 2017 at 21:43
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    A.fm. that's exactly right. I hope my edit helps. Sorry for the sloppy original typing
    – J. Doe
    Oct 1, 2017 at 13:17
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    Ah . . . that make more sense.
    – ohwilleke
    Oct 1, 2017 at 22:42

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Financial aid programs presume a parental contribution and will deny any aid to students whose parents don't cooperate in the process unless they qualify as "independent" (e.g. if they are married).

A parent generally has an obligation to support an adult child who suffers from a disability that prevents them from functioning.

But, generally speaking, parents have few legal obligations to their adult children.

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    Thanks for your answer ohwilleke. Do you happen to have any references available for the obligation for support in case of disability?
    – J. Doe
    Oct 2, 2017 at 15:23
  • The reverse legal obligation is often present en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filial_responsibility_laws
    – DJohnM
    Feb 16, 2023 at 23:33

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