A dentist in Taiwan has been ordered by one of the country’s top courts to pay his own mother nearly $1 million for raising him and funding his dentistry training.
The mother and son reportedly signed a contract in 1997 in which the dentist, who was 20 years old at the time, vowed to pay his mother 60% of his monthly income after getting his dentistry license.
When he refused to pay her for a number of years, she took him to court.
The son argued that it was wrong of his mother, identified only by the last name Luo, to demand financial repayment plus interest for raising him.
Luo said that she had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars raising her two sons following her divorce.
She added that she was fearful neither son would take care of her in old age. As such, she signed a contract with both of them agreeing to pay for their schooling provided that they repay her with a portion of their earnings down the line.
Citing local media, the BBC reported that Luo and her older son reached an agreement for an amount less than they’d initially agreed upon.
The younger son, identified by the last name Chu, was not so lucky.
According to the outlet, he said he was young when he signed the agreement and, because of this, it should be irrelevant.
Additionally, he claimed that he had worked in his mother’s dental clinic for years following his college graduation and helped bring in more than the amount he was expected to repay her.
Despite his best efforts, the courts ruled in his mother’s favor, finding that the contract was valid.
Speaking with the BBC, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the judges ruled in Luo’s favor because Chu was an adult when he signed the contract with his mother and wasn’t forced to do it.
What’s more, Taiwan’s civil code dictates that adult children are responsible for caring for their elderly parents, though it’s rare that a parent sue their child for not providing appropriate care.
If she could, would your mother demand you repay her for raising you?