Stop sponging off Mum and Dad

Spanish courts challenge law that forces parents to provide financial support to their unemployed adult children


The vast majority of young adults in Spain live with their parents


In a victory for parents struggling to support burdensome adult children, Spanish courts have upheld appeals against a civil code requiring divorced parents to support their grown-up offspring
Known as Ninis, from ni estudia ni trabaja (not studying or in work), some older children in Spain lived extensively off their parents for many years while not studying or searching for a job. As people attempting to claim benefits in Spain must have worked for at least six months, many Ninis are not entitled to them, leaving the burden on their parents. 
The country has the second-highest youth unemployment rate in Europe at 45 per cent, second only to Greece. Like Greece, Spain has been hard-hit by the financial crisis and eighty per cent of Spaniards under 30 still live with their parents.
According to La Tribuna de Toledo, 19.4 per cent of 15 to 29-year-olds fit this category, amounting to one in every five young people. In contrast, the rate of this demographic in the UK – known as Neets (Not in Employment, Education or Training) – was 12 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.
“The economic crisis has undoubtedly led to a rise in what are known as ‘parasite children’ who are happy to live off their parents,” said María Dolores Lozano, president of the Association of Family Lawyers, to The Times.
She added: “There is a generation of young people who see no problem with living off their mothers and fathers without making any effort to live independently. Some of these parents are being exploited and abused.”
In May, in Girona, the father of an 18-year-old boy who had made no attempt to find work or training won the right to give reduced funding for food. 
“He did nothing to help his mother and only did occasional jobs so he could finance his whims,” said a judge, the newspaper reported. “The father should not have to pay for a child who made no attempt to finish his studies or find work.” 
In the same month, in Pontevedra, a court upheld a father’s case to stop financially supporting his 24-year-old son, who had only worked on 40 days since 2009, when he left school. In addition to two training courses he took, he only showed 20 hours of dedication to work or study, according to the Spanish La Vanguarida newspaper.

Should parents be legally obliged to provide for their adult children?
What age did you leave home at? / When do you plan to leave home?

Comments

Roberto said…
Hi!.

I don´t agree with the idea of do it "by force".
Of course, most parents in Spain;(I don´t know in other countries), support their children if they need money or a place to live, but, if you have 18 years old or more, you are an adult and you must to live your life.
And I think we have too many stupid laws yet.

I left home (for good), when I was 26.

By the way, Graham, you´re not an European anymore?.
Graham said…
Hi stranger,

Like it or not, I'll always be European in the geographical sense. And for the next two years or so, Scotland will be part of the EU. The UK will then be free of the EU or should that be the other way round?


I don´t agree with the idea of doing it "by force".
Of course, most parents in Spain (I don´t know in other countries) support their children if they need money or a place to live, but, if you are 18 years old or more, you are an adult and you must live your life.
And I think we still have too many stupid laws.

I left home (for good) when I was 26.

By the way, Graham, you´re not a European anymore?


Hope to see you at the next MOJ gathering. :-)

Roberto said…
Hi!
I know you´re an European, I was joking...
The United Kingdom were in the EU in their own way, with some privileges like their own currency,etc. So, for me, it´s not that strange the "brexit" success.
When is the next MOJ gathering?. It´s an age since we last met(Is it right?).
Graham said…
Hi Roberto,

I think it was around Easter that we last met. Montse is the one who gets us all together.


I know you´re a European, I was joking...

The United Kingdom were in the EU in their own way, with some privileges like their own currency,etc. So, for me, it´s not that strange the success of Brexit.

When is the next MOJ gathering?. It's been ages since we last met.