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September 21, 2011 - Steve Murch
File this under the Hard to Believe file.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported the story of a 73-year-old woman who is suing her children for financial support. Shirley Anderson, who lives in British Columbia, is suing her three children for $750 per month – from each child – under B.C.'s Family Relations Act, which holds adult children responsible for legally supporting parents “dependent on a child because of age, illness, infirmity or economic circumstances.”
Is it out of the question to ask children to take care of the people who took care of them for 18 years or more? Not really. That's called love. Making it a law might be taking a bit far because you won't know all the circumstances. Like ...
Ken Anderson is Shirley's 47-year-old son. She's been trying to to sue him for 11 years. However, here's the rub in this case: Shirley and her husband abandoned Ken when he was 15 years old. They moved nine hours away and left him to fend for himself. He stayed with other families and quit school to work.
“We don’t have a relationship. I haven’t talked to her in years and years and years,” he told CBC News. “She’s just out to make our life miserable.”
So she didn't do her duty to support her son until he was of an age to stand on his own two feet, though he somehow managed to do it (and yes, if you bring a child into the work you have a duty to care for their child or find a way for someone to care for the child). And yet, she expects him to do it for her?
Anderson is a truck driver and he and his wife have two children. He isn't exactly a Rockefeller.
According to the CBC, on Monday his lawyer asked a judge to throw out the case because his estranged mother reportedly didn’t submit financial documents ordered by the court.
“I don’t know how anybody could go after their kids,” Anderson told CBC News. “First of all the law is brutal that they can allow this to happen. Hopefully they’ll change the law.”
In 2007 report the British Columbia Law Institute recommended repealing the section of the law.
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