Spanish Man Sues Parents Over Allowance

A judge ordered a 25-year-old Spanish man who sued his parents for ending his allowance to quit freeloading, officials said.

Judge Jose Luis Utrera, who presides over the Family Court of Malaga, ordered a man from Andalusia in southern Spain to leave his parents’ home within 30 days, Think Spain reported.

The son, who has not been named in court documents, sued his parents after they cut his monthly allowance of $587.

The judge 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.

“Parents have no absolute or unlimited obligation to provide maintenance for their adult children, such actions are only limited to certain circumstances,” Utrera said.

In Spain, it’s not unusual for offspring to remain living in the parental household well into their 30s, especially when the youth unemployment rate is the highest in the European Union at 40 percent.

There are 4.6 million unemployed in Spain, government figures for the fourth quarter of 2010 indicate.

(Straits Times)