Parents in legal bid to evict adult children
10 August 2006, BRUSSELS — An increasing number of parents in Belgium are seeking the assistance of a justice of the peace to evict their adult children from the family home.
10 August 2006
BRUSSELS — An increasing number of parents in Belgium are seeking the assistance of a justice of the peace to evict their adult children from the family home.
The offspring are mainly sons aged in their 20s or 30s who have caused an untenable living situation by their misconduct.
There are no accurate figures, but various lawyers and justices of the peace have confirmed the sad trend.
One in five Belgian men aged 30 or older still live in the parental home, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Wednesday.
The extended stay in the family home generally proceeds without problem, but the number of problem cases has increased in recent years.
"Earlier, it was unthinkable that parents would summons their child to evict them, but now that happens like clockwork," an Antwerp justice of the peace said.
"In each case, it involves distressing cases in which there are indications of moral and financial blackmail by the son."
And the phenomenon is not only restricted to urban areas. A law office in Torhout has also confirmed an increase in such cases in recent years.
"The parent-child power relationship is simply reversed. We are aware of cases of parents who were abused like house slaves," the law office said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news