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Italian Dad Ordered to Pay Allowance to Adult Daughter

488495_80878779Hold on to your apron strings, because this story will surprise you. A 60-year-old Italian man was recently ordered by a judge to resume monthly allowance payments to his daughter.

His daughter is 32 years old.

In Italy, they’re known as bamboccionas, or “big babies,” adults over the age of 34 who still live at home and are dependent on their parents. But Giancarlo Casagrande decided he’d had enough. His daughter, Marina had missed her expected college graduation date by eight years and was still living at home with her mother.

He took the tough love stance and stopped paying her $550 a month allowance, which had been agreed upon during her parents divorce back in 1997. You know, thirteen years ago. When she was still a teenager. But Marina took him to court and won.

Her mother defends her. ”It’s easy to say she is a bambocciona,” her mother said, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘But it’s hard for children to find work today.”

In March, though, that’s when Marina’s really life begins. She’ll graduate with a totally employable degree in philosophy, after she finishes her thesis on the Holy Grail. Sorry Mr. Casagrande, but I think you’re going to be stuck paying her allowance for a long, long time.

What’s your take: Do parents have a responsibility to support their adult children simply because they have all along?

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