Italian mother wins court case to evict her two sons aged 40 and 42

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A 75-year-old mother in northern Italy won a court order to have her sons, aged 40 and 42, evicted from her house after they refused to leave the comfort of their homes.

The retiree from Pavia described her two sons as “parasites” in court documents for living in the apartment without financially contributing or helping around the house, despite both men being employed, the court documents state.

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The mother is separated from the sons’ father and entirely relies on her pension to provide food and maintenance of the home. The colloquial Italian term, “mammoni”, has been used to describe adult men who are too dependent on their mothers.

Judge Simona Caterbi ruled in favour of the unnamed woman saying the two “bamboccioni,” or big babies, must vacate the apartment by Dec. 18, according to Tuesday’s court ruling, seen by CNN.

The two sons, who hired lawyers to counter their mother’s eviction, argued that Italian parents are required by law to take care of their children as long as necessary.

Caterbi cited the existing law, stating initially, the men living at home with their mother is not unwarranted due to the “obligation of the parent to provide maintenance,” however it is no longer justifiable as they are over the ages of 40.

“Once a certain age has been exceeded, the child can no longer expect the parents to continue the maintenance obligation beyond limits that are no longer reasonable,” the judge ruled.

Though Italy has always had a culture where several generations will live under one roof, recent economic hardships have caused young adults to extend their stays due to “soaring accommodation costs.”

According to Statista, 69.4 per cent of young adults in Italy aged 18 to 34 years were living with their parents in 2022.

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Originally posted 2023-10-27 18:37:19.