This section is from the book "The Law Of Contracts", by William Herbert Page. Also available from Amazon: Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Deals, Contracts, Agreements and Promises.
A contract to furnish support is broken by a refusal or omission to furnish such support.1 It has been held that it is broken by refusal to furnish support at any reasonable place selected by the obligee.2 A contract to care for one " in her old days " is broken by caring for her for five years, and rendering no services for the next sixteen years.3 A contract to care for a certain child as for one of his own children is broken by placing her when insane in the county asylum among common paupers.4 A contract to support one's parent requires kind treatment as well as the necessaries of life.5 Contracts for support are sometimes treated as entire contracts. If A has agreed to support B for life and refuses to perform, B may treat this as a total breach and sue for damages as on an entire contract.6
4 Keedy v. Long, 71 Md. 385; 5 L. R. A. 759; 18 Atl. 704.
5 Keedy v. Long, 71 Md. 385; 5 L. R. A. 759; 18 Atl. 704.
6 Pierce v. E. R., 173 U. S. 1; Du-gan v. Anderson, 36 Md. 567; 11 Am. Rep. 509; Larkins v. Hecksher, 51 N. J. L. 133; 3 L. R. A. 137; 16 Atl. 703; Rhoades v. R. R., 49 W. Va. 494; 87 Am. St. Rep. 826; 39 S. E. 209; 55 L. R. A. 170.
7 See Sec. 1353, 1487.
8 See Sec. 1487.
9 Gandell v. Pontigny, 4 Campbell, 375.
10 Archard v. Hornor, 3 Car. & P. 349; Goodman v. Pocock, 15 Ad. & El. 576.
11 Hildegrand v. Art. Co., 109 Wis. 171; 53 L. R. A. 826; 85 N. W. 268.
1 Payette v. Ferrier, 20 Wash. 479: 55 Pac. 629; Knutson v. Bos-trak, 99 Wis. 469; 75 N. W. 156.