By Kevin Fraser Park •
Published: 28 Oct 2023 • 18:33
Sons have to move out
A 75-year-old Italian woman sued her two sons, aged 40 and 42, after repeatedly asking them to move out and live more independently, which they refused.
A court case has shown that even Italian mothers have limits when it comes to mollycoddling their sons – especially when they’re all grown up. The 75-year-old from the northern city of Pavia has just won a lawsuit against her adult sons – aged 40 and 42 – for overstaying their welcome in the family home. The ‘children’ refused to move out while their mother was doing all the cooking and cleaning at her own expense.
She tried in vain to get them to leave, telling the local newspaper “neither of them wanted to know.” The woman eventually grew so tired of the situation that she decided to sue her two sons, especially as both have jobs but apparently refused to help out with household chores or expenses, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
The court sided with her, with Judge Simona Caterbi issuing an eviction order against the woman’s two sons. While parents have an obligation to provide maintenance to their children, this was no longer justified because the two ‘kids’ were now over 40, Caterbi ruled.
While eviction orders against family members are rare, this is not an uncommon situation in Italy, where over 2 million people over the age of 30 reported still living with their parents in 2022.
Young people in Italy fly the nest at an average age of 26, according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics, ISTAT. But it’s quite common for many to keep living with their parents well over the age of 26 and even 30 as young people form the majority of those unemployed in Italy.
The number of young people still living at home has grown in the past decades. According to ISTAT, 49% of offspring aged between 18 and 34 still lived with their family in 1983. By the year 2000, this number had climbed to 60%. In 2022, 68% of Italians aged between 18 and 34 lived with their parents, about 7 million people.
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Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.
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