Painful extraction for Taiwan dentist

Central Station | 4 Jan 2018

Taiwan's Supreme Court ordered a dentist to pay his mother NT$22.3 million (HK$5.89 million) as reimbursement for the money she spent raising him.

The justices overturned a ruling that dentist Chu, 41, need not honor a contract signed with his mother 20 years ago.

The mother, Lo, divorced in 1990 and raised two sons on her own. But worried about her old age, Lo had both sons sign pledges when they turned 20 that they would pay her 60 percent of the net profit from their incomes.

Lo accused both of later ignoring her, with girlfriends even sending letters through lawyers demanding she not bother her sons.

She filed the lawsuit eight years ago when the two refused to honor the pledges, and the older son paid NT$5 million to settle. But the younger son claimed the pledge violated "good customs" as raising a child should not be measured in financial terms.

Lo appealed all the way to the top after lower courts ruled for the son. And the Supreme Court said the contract was valid as Chu was an adult when he signed it and as a dentist could afford to repay his mother.

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