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In this week's programme, Yvonne is joined by Callum as she looks at an interesting legal case. A 20 year old man in Italy has taken his father to court for money so that he can continue to live at home with his mother and study for a new career. But at 20, are we too old to expect our parents to be responsible for us?

This week's question:
A 12 year old boy in the United States was the first to divorce his parents - but when did that happen?
a) 1992
b) 1998
c) 2001?


Article:
Today's programme, makes us think about the question of – when as an adult, should you stop depending on your parents - financially?

Question:  when did you stop depending on your parents?

When I got my first job and gradually became less financially dependent. So I suppose, when I was about 19 - 20 when I could make my own way.

Now today's report is about adults who are still financially dependent on their parents.
Term 'expenses incurred'. Can you explain that for us please?
If you 'incur expenses' – you do something which costs money.
So for example, going to work usually incurs travel expenses – so that's the price of your bus fare, your petrol or your train ticket.

Words 'pursue'  and 'aspirations'?
Well, if you 'pursue an aspiration' – you follow a dream to do something. So
for example, if you pursue an aspiration to be an English teacher – then you work hard, you study and you train to become an English teacher.

Court case – a legal case.
A man was taken to the highest court in Italy because he didn't want to 'pay maintenance' – to give money to support his twenty year old son, David.

EMMA WALLIS
The court ruled that David, who still lives with his mother, should carry on receiving three hundred
euros a month from his separated father, as well as half of any extra expenses he incurred. The reason; Italian law believes that 'children' have the right, even as adults, to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

The court ruled – or the court ordered his father to continue paying David money so that he can pursue his
dream. The ruling came from the highest court in Italy, so David's father will just have to pay up!

Now David is twenty years old. Is he too old to live with his mum and get money from his dad as well?


'To quit a job' if you leave your job you 'quit' your job. You don't want to do it any more
– you quit.

'to set a precedent' a legal term – It's when a law is given for the first
time and from then on, in future cases, it can be referred to. They can say, well
this happened in this case, so we can use that same law in this case.


EMMA WALLIS
David's mother said that David had quit his job to enrol on a course, training to become a
hairdresser. Until he's able to maintain himself economically, David's father, according to the
court, which has set a precedent for all future cases, will have to keep David in the manner to
which he's become accustomed.

David's dreams and aspirations:
David's left his job to learn how to become a hairdresser. And while he's
training, he wants money from his father so that he won't have to change the
way he's always lived. And the phrase we heard there was?
The money is needed 'to keep David in the manner to which he's become
accustomed'
– to continue with the way of life he's now used to.

Today's big question was: a 12 year old boy in the United States was the first to divorce his parents –
Answer: It was 1992 -
It was. And it was a young boy who actually terminated his mother's rights to him so she couldn't visit with him – she didn't have any legal rights over him any more. And that was way back in 1992.


Vocabulary from the programme
to depend on
to rely on, to need

expenses incurred
if you do something that costs money, you incur expenses, e.g. going to work incurs travel expenses - your bus fares.

to pursue an aspiration
to do all that is necessary to fulfil a dream

to pay maintenance
to support someone financially

to quit a job
to leave a job

to set a precedent
a legal term for a decision that's been made for the first time by a court or a judge; in the future, similar cases can then expect to receive the same judgment

To keep someone in the manner to which they've become accustomed
to provide enough money for someone to that they don't have to change their way of life - their lifestyle

Link: First kid to divorce his parents http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Kingsley
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