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When kids sue their parents
Posted 3/4/2014 10:09:00 AM

You've heard me discussing the case out of North Jersey of the 18-year-old girl who is suing her parents. Not to divorce her family, but to FORCE them to continue to support her, even though she no longer lives with them. The eyes and ears of the world are upon this case; and however it plays out, it could set a very interesting standard. Let's say she sues and wins. This could now  create a future hardship for the parents. What if she is accepted to college they don't want her to attend? Are they still obligated to pay for her studies? And how uncomfortable will futute family events be, (thinking Thanksgiving dinner), with someone at the table that sued to be there! Conversely, let's say the parents win, and she's out on her own at 18. Now, she is the one who is placed at a disadvantage. No support. No tuition. No insurance coverage. We know 18 is an adult, but there are no 18 year olds who are cut out to handle adult responsibilities. 18 year old are kids, plain and simple, regardless of the legal standard. Let's hope when all of the lawyers get paid and go home, this is a family that can continue to co-exist. I'd like to think there is still a father-daughter dance in their futures.

Bert Baron can be heard weekday mornings on WCTC-AM, New Brunswick NJ, and at WCTCAM.com

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