Having just given my final torts exam last night, this story caught my eye. In Madrid, a 25-year-old Spanish man from Andalusia sued his parents after they stopped giving him allowance money and demanded the resumption of $588 a month.
The judge was not moved. The court noted the man was making slow progress to his degree, which would not be secured for years. He ordered the man to move out of his parent’s home within 30 days and get a job.
The parents testified that the son was verbally and physically abusive to them. By the way, they are not deep pockets or trust fund parents. The mother works at restaurant and the father is a garbage collector.
What is interesting, however, is that the court ordered the parents to pay the man $292 monthly food stipend for 2 years and to take over his car payments. In Spain, children often live with their parents into the 30s. Yet, I am surprised to see a court finding a legal obligation to pay such costs.
There remains one last option for the young man. As my sainted father told me, the fact is that you can marry into more money in five minutes than you can make in a lifetime — particularly what this man could make in a lifetime.
Now for my legal limerick of the day:
There once was a man from Spain
Who became to his parents a pain.
So they cut off his money,
which he did not find funny
So now he’s looking for a Dame.