There was a time when children respected their parents – a time when parents put effort into cultivating good, upstanding American citizens. These days, kids are more likely to threaten to sue their parents if they aren’t happy with their parenting skills, and parents seem to be suing their children just as often in response. At least one recent case highlights the dissolution of the American family at its worst.
• Earlier in 2018, 30-year-old Michael Rotondo, who refused to move out of his parents’ house, was sued for eviction by his parents. The case succeeded and he was given three months to move out.
• Rotondo, who has a three-year-old son, repeatedly defied his parents requests to move out. He also ignored all previous eviction notices presented to him up until the court date.
• Rotondo’s case is far from unique. As more children remain home for longer periods of time, and the average age of self-sufficiency rises in a struggling economy, many youths are using the situation as an excuse to be lazy.
• In the past, kids suing parents was mostly restricted to child stars, who often suffered under parents who either stole or misappropriated their incomes. Leighton Meester, Drew Barrymore, Macaulay Culkin, and country singer LeAnn Rimes all sued for control over their money at different points in their careers.
• As for parents suing kids, that happens fairly often, too. One of the most common reasons parents sue their children is visitation (or lack thereof) of grandchildren, a protected right in most states.
• Some parents also sue children for support when they become too old or unwell to care for themselves. This is a contentious lawsuit that isn’t always supported by current precedent, but at least a few cases have been successful.
• Watch any episode of Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, or any other mediation show and you will most likely see a long list of petty parent-child cases. Lawsuits in these instances range from the ridiculous to the justifiable, including at least a few cases over unfair grounding attempts by parents.