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Adult children are straining the generosity of parents

Adult children are straining the generosity of parents

Demands for extended support are growing, but an Italian judge has put her foot down

The case concerned a 35-year-old man who has spent the past five years suing his parents for money to supplement his job as a part-time musician. Lower courts had forced his parents to pay maintenance, and backed his claim that he could not be expected to take work beneath his talents. In a blow for common sense, a female judge has told him to grow up. She ruled that he should “reduce his adolescent ambitions”, and that his parents should not be expected to take whatever work was going just so that he didn’t have to compromise. The ruling is a watershed for a country that has seen hundreds of thousands of such cases, and in which two-thirds of adult children between 18 and 34 still live at home. Four years ago, a middle-aged father was ordered to keep paying for the education of his 28-year-old son who had dallied over a degree in literature and then enrolled on a course in experimental film. The court ruled that the father must pay for the film course because it was in line with the son’s “personal aspirations”.

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