Shirley Anderson, Mom Who Sued Kids For Support, Loses Case

Posted: Updated:

A bitter and long court battle that saw a B.C. mother suing her adult children for support has ended with a judge dismissing the application.

Shirley Anderson, 74, used a little-known clause in B.C. law to demand financial support from her five children, even
though they say she left them when they were teenagers, reported CBC News.

Anderson had asked for $750 a month in support, reported The Province.

Anderson actually won a ruling awarding her $10 a month from each child but she appealed that decision, reported CTV News.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler dismissed the lawsuit entirely, saying: "While I cannot conclude that the claimant abandoned her children, I can conclude that she did not nurture or support them as children. She was ready and willing to leave them to the care of others when it suited her purposes."

The lawsuit was based on a rarely used section of the B.C. Family Relations Act that says adult children are responsible for supporting parents who are "dependent on a child because of age, illness, infirmity or economic circumstances."

In 2007, the B.C. Law Institute recommended repealing the section.

Quick Poll

Should parents be able to sue their adult children for financial support?


Also on HuffPost:

The Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Of All Time
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Mom Sues Son For Parental Support – 30 Years After Abandoning ...

Mother Sues Abandoned Children for Parental Support - ABC News

Can adults sue their parents for unpaid child support

Adult children won't have to support mom, court rules