n Italiancourt has ordered a middle-aged father to keep supporting his 28-year-old son through university, after he turned to the law to try and force his offspring to get a job.
The case underlines the country’s problem with"bamboccioni" - spoilt “big babies” who refuse to leave home and instead sponge off their parents.
The father had gone to court to argue that he should no longer be obliged to support his son, challenging one of the conditions of his divorce settlement, which had ruled that he must pay for the young man’s tertiary education.
Can you imagine if courts would do that here? Now unless I am mistaken under obamacare children are covered to the age of 25?
SEC. 2714 **** [42 U.S.C. 300gg–14]. EXTENSION OF DEPENDENT COVERAGE.
‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage that provides dependent coverage of children shall continue to make such coverage available for an adult child until the child turns 26 years of age. Nothing in this section shall require a health plan or a health insurance issuer described in the preceding sentence to make coverage available for a child of a child receiving dependent coverage. [As revised by section 2301(b) of HCERA]
‘‘(b) REGULATIONS.—The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to define the dependents to which coverage shall be made available under subsection (a).
‘‘© RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify the definition of ‘dependent’ as used in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to the tax treatment of the cost of coverage.
Currently under certain circumstances parents are required to pay for adult children who are incapacitated by physical or mental means. This does not include healthy adult children who refuse to get a job.
Parents can be compelled to pay for the tuition of adult children going to school. I remember such a case I witnessed years ago where the father and mother were in court and the mother was trying to get her ex-husband to pay for their son’s education. The judge ruled that it would be split up three ways with the father paying a third, the mother a third, and the adult child a third. I also had a co-worker who said he was still paying for child support although his children were in their twenties. What he did not realize was you had to file a petition to terminate child support the court will not automatically stop when the children reaches the age of majority.