If something isn't done quickly, America will become the first nation in history in which elderly people enjoy more security than children.
To that end I recommend that family obligations be analyzed in contractual terms. If the law encompasses what courts do with specific conduct, contract law can moderate parental behavior through vehicles such as family counselling. It can sort out family duties and supply legal rationales for resolving family disputes in a constructive way. This article begins with a background discussion - history, literature and insights - then addresses the law and legal analysis.
Griffin, Ronald C.
"Death of the Family: What's Become of the Parents and the Children,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 22
, Article 3.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol22/iss3/3