MOTHER SUES SON FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT TO PAY HER 60% OF HIS SALARY.
January 2, 2018 9:51am CST
Should children be committed to taking care of the financial needs of their elderly parents? I was reading a BBC report this morning where a mother in Taiwan had her 20-year old son sign a contract to pay her 60% of his salary when he qualified as a dentist. According to the report , the son qualified and was making quite a bit of money, but for years he refused to honor the contract. His mother finally sued him. I have one son, and I made sure he received an education so that he can live a good life and start a family when he is ready. I do not see him as my old age insurance. However I know that if I ever happened to be in need he would never let me down. What are your thoughts on this matter?
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I find it horrible that the mother sued her son for not paying of what is said in their contract. It is a custom and tradition in the Philippines that older children help their parents financially when they are old but it is a freedom of each individual to do it. Besides, adult children are proud to take care of their elderly parents. Well, that is in my home country.
I read a few your replies to others. What was the outcome of the court case? I don't believe or supports parents who try to make money out of their children. From what you said to others, she must have known her son very well hence the written and binding contract when he was 20. My guess is, the guy came to the mother, asking for some sort of a loan for something else which she was reluctant to give at the time due to situations which we don't know. They then haggled and came up with that binding contract perhaps (maybe because the mother had to sell something very valuable to her?)? For all we know, that guy at 20, might have asked for a giant amount of money for a luxurious apartment for him and his expensive GF or mates as well as car etc. Do tell us what you had found out from the case please.
The mother is a divorcee and she raised two sons on her own - an elder and a younger son. She promised to put them through dentistry school, but insisted that both sign the contract. The elder son made an arrangement with the mother and paid her back, however the younger son decided that at 20 (when the contract was signed) he wasn't thinking clearly and his mother shouldn't ask for repayment for raising him and paying his tuition. The judge agreed with the mother, and he has to pay a reduced sum.
• United States
I think that's a little harsh of her. If son agreed to it - then maybe he should do it, on the other hand think it depends on the individuals involved too. Some parents wouldn't mind raking a child over the coals, and same with some children. I think it's healthiest like you say. You desire for their freedoms -- however you know that they would be there if you were in a pinch
• Mangalore, India
I find the whole idea of signing a contract perplexing ..there may be a little more to it than what has been revealed. However, I feel that the bond that exists between mother and children is above such things and the less expectations you have from one another the better it is ..
• Davao, Philippines
We don't have it here too. I mean, as an adult it is our choice to give some for our parents if you are still living with them. But if you have your own Family, of course, it is your choice again if you still want to give something to your parents. But in any case, your parents ask for something that is badly needed for them then it is up to you as well. What I mean is, it's not all the time that you need to take a full responsibility to give something to your parents.
• Davao, Philippines
@Kandae11 Well, if the children are still young of course it is still in the parent's custody. But if he is already done the college thing and is already working, I think it is time for him to pay his parents or at least help her parents in some ways.