Until the age of 6 the father is obligated to feed, clothe and room his children. And it is enforceable. Then until 13/12 he should still do it.
But after 13/12 he is only obligated to do it as tzedoko (S"A E"H 71)

This book and this link seem to claim that according to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein the father's obligation to support his children is until a greater age (and it is not Tzedoko)

But to me it seems Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was only talking about support of food (this is an obligation to his wife to give her food to support guests), but that the father is not obligated to clothe and room his children after 13/12 (except as tzedoko)

(their source seems to be I"M Y"D 1 143 and E"H 1 106 1 2 3 4 5 (please excuse the image quality))

Please explain if I am wrong and bring evidence to that

PS can someone explain why the obligation to give wife food to feed guests is not in the Rambam or Shulchan Aruch?

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    There may also be a consideration of dina demalchusah dina as well, since there are laws within the various countries as to the obligation of parents. Dec 26, 2017 at 13:19
  • @sabbahillel Right, because this is a monetary obligation, and thus subject to Dina DeMalghutah.
    – Al Berko
    Dec 26, 2017 at 14:57
  • but since many people start working after 18, there seems to be a time which Rav Moshe will obligate to feed but the law will not, "Parental obligations typically end when a child reaches the age of majority, which is 18 years old in most states. "..."One way parental obligations can be terminated before the age of majority is by emancipation. Emancipation is the legal process that allows a minor to assume responsibility for his or her welfare. When a child becomes emancipated, his or her parents are no longer legally obligated to support the child."
    – hazoriz
    Dec 26, 2017 at 15:08
  • from family.findlaw.com/emancipation-of-minors/… and "emancipation can only be achieved automatically, if a minor does one of the following:Gets married ... Joins the Armed Forces... Reaches the age of majority" from family.findlaw.com/emancipation-of-minors/…
    – hazoriz
    Dec 26, 2017 at 15:08
  • @AlBerko or are you claiming that if the law does not obligate the halacha also does not? (if so why did Rav Moshe Feinstein not write this, when writing about the custom in America, third line here hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=917&st=&pgnum=280
    – hazoriz
    Dec 26, 2017 at 15:10


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