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A Spanish court orders a divorced father to pay nearly £300 a month to his 31-year-old daughter in perpetuity

James Badcock writes for–Spanish parents must continue to support their children financially until they find a good job, a court has ruled. A divorced father from Galicia became a test case when a court ordered him to pay €400 (£289) a month to support his 31-year-old daughter until she earns enough money to support herself. It was the latest in a series of rulings that have deepened the financial responsibilities of parenthood in a country where children often stay at home long after their peers in Britain or other European countries have flown the nest.

Amador López (the court has not released his real name) had been estranged from his daughter until 2005, when a judge ruled he had to support her through an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree. When Mr López refused to pay the court-mandated €500 a month, his bank account was frozen according to Rosalía Bello, a lawyer who represents his daughter, identified as Clara. When Mr López appealed in 2014, the A Coruña court again sided with his daughter, although the monthly payment was slightly reduced to its present €400. Clara is now 31 years old. Her lawyer says she has taken several jobs since completing her studies, but has not yet managed to find a long-term position in keeping with her studies.