Court Orders A Man To Pay His Mother $1 million For Raising Him
A man has been ordered to pay his mother almost $1 million (£740,000) for raising him and paying for him to attend dentistry school.The Taiwan’s highest court orders Chu to pay Luo her mother the said amount after breaching the agreement reached with her mother.
The mother, identified only by her surname Luo, sued her second son for breaching a contract the duo signed in 1997.
Her son, Chu, was 20 years old when he signed the financial support agreement that stated he would pay his mother 60 percent of his monthly income after qualifying from his dentistry training, reported Taiwan News.
After graduating, Chu refused to abide by the terms of the contract. He argued that it his mother should not receive financial compensation for raising her biological child and that he was only a sophomore when he signed the agreement therefore it should be deemed invalid.
After a rigorous legal battle, the Taiwanese Supreme Court ruled that the contract was valid and Chu was ordered to pay $1 million in back payments and interest to his mother.
Luo held that she accrued more than $675,800 in debt after raising her two sons as a single parent. She made her sons sign a contract because she feared that they would not fulfil their social obligation to take care of her, reported the BBC.
Chu made a case for how the contract should be deemed void as these stipulations were against social morals and public customs.
The court rejected these claims and ruled that Chu was an adult under the eyes of the law when he initially signed the contract and it was thus a valid agreement.
In Taiwan, an adult offspring is legally obligated to provide for their elderly parents. Generally, however, most parents do not sue if their children breach this civil code, according to the BBC.