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article imageSpanish man must continue child support to 29-year-old daughter

By Anne Sewell     Oct 30, 2014 in World
Cadiz - The current economic crisis in Spain, together with rife unemployment, is having its effect on Spaniards in many unusual ways. In this case, a man has been told he has to continue paying child support, despite the fact that his daughter is 29 years old.
The father had approached the court, saying that he had been separated from the mother for 24 years and that he wanted to stop the child support payments.
Citing the fact that under 30s have difficulty finding employment due to the country's ongoing economic crisis, the judge, in Spain's Cádiz province, has told the father he must continue to pay 500 euros ($630) a month in child support, according to El Correo (Spanish language).
The judge pointed out that due to the economic situation, and also the fact that the father himself has a good financial standing, he would have to wait until she completes her studies in two years.
The judge said in his judgment, "The incorporation of young people into the labor market at the present time is extremely painful, and the current socio-economic circumstances make it almost impossible for a young person of 30 years to find a job that is sufficient to meet their needs."
Talking of the plaintiff, the judge said, "He appears to have an economical position of relative strength, owning several real estate properties along with several vehicles, including a BMW."
The judge further pointed out that the young woman, never having worked, was not entitled to unemployment benefits and that once she has completed her studies, she has more of a chance of finding gainful employment.
The man's lawyer told the 20minutos (in Spanish), "These rulings are surprising, crazy and not normal. It's absurd. The normal thing is that he (the judge) would have said that's enough freeloading."
However, the current unemployment rate in Spain is 23.7 percent, with people under 30 suffering an unemployment rate of more than 50 percent. Young people unable to find employment are being forced to stay with, or return home to, their parents to survive, with no prospects of buying their own homes, getting married and having children.
The Local recently quoted a leading Catholic charity in the country, saying that the number of people living in poverty in Spain since the crisis began has risen by 4.4 million to reach 11.7 million people. This means that one in four people living in the country are barely getting by.
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