Dayton, OH asked in Family Law for Ohio

Q: Can I make my siblings contribute financially for parents housing?

My parents are on public assistance. They've lived with me or in my owned home for 20 years. My 2 siblings got married, had kids out of high school. I have an additional sibling (23 in school) living with them whom I supported as well. I put my life on hold 20 years ago to work to pay for everything. I work 2 jobs, and do shopping (covid), get cars fixed..and everything else.

One sibling works, the other won't because then "I'll try to get her money". She claims public assistance (she can work the system).

I've had chronic stress for 15 years and developed life endangering female issues until I was finally operated on. Now I get chest pains as well.

I want to try to go away and have a life. I can buy a house with downpayment but I want my siblings to split the mortgage. I'll still make car payments and other expenses.

Can I legally make my siblings pay?

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2 Lawyer Answers
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
Answered
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Children do not have a legal obligation to support their parents. But they often it do for moral and ethical reasons. Some siblings have more morals and ethics than others. If you buy a house, your siblings have no obligation to contribute toward your mortgage or to compensate you for the financial support and living accommodations you provide to your parents. And they have no legal obligation to start helping your parents. If your parents one day need assisted living, they could qualify for Medicaid to help pay for that. Check with local senior services agencies to learn more about the kinds of help available to them when or if that becomes necessary, or if you step back from being the only sibling who helps them.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
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Answered
  • Ravenna, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: I agree with Mr. Jaap. Unfortunately, caring for them is voluntary. There are numerous senior service organizations around Dayton. You can check with the County for some places to start looking.

Best of luck.

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