Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Son, 25, Sues Parents For $588 Monthly Allowance

A Spanish judge has ordered a 25-year-old slacker who sued his parents for ending his allowance to quit freeloading, move out of his parents' home and get a job.
The man from Andalusia in southern Spain had taken the court action demanding a monthly allowance of $588 after his parents stopped giving him his spending money unless he tried to find a job. However, the judge told the man, who has not been named in court documents, that he must leave his parents' house within 30 days.
The judge said the man was studying law, albeit at a slow rate, and would probably not complete the degree for several years, but he thought he was still capable of finding some kind of work. The family court in Malaga says the situation at the home had seriously deteriorated with the parents claiming their son had physically and verbally assaulted them. The man's mother works in a restaurant while his father works for a garbage collection firm. The judge also ordered that the parents should pay a $292 monthly food stipend for 2 years. The parents have also taken over the monthly repayments on their son's car. In Spain it is not unusual for offspring to remain living with their parents until well into their 30s, a trend strengthened by a tough labor market where the youth unemployment rate is 40.5%, the highest in the European Union. There are 4.6 million Spaniards unemployed, and 1.3 million Spanish homes with no one in work, according to government figures for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Judge Jose Luis Utrera said the family couldn't afford the luxury of maintaining an adult offspring and said the man, who doesn't work or attend college, is capable of finding a job.
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