The mother signed a contract with her son in 1997, when he was 20 years old, claiming that he would pay 60% of his monthly income after qualifying
She took her son to court after he refused to pay her for several years. The son argued that it was wrong to require a financial return to raise a child, but the court found the contract valid.
He was ordered to make payments, and to pay interest to his mother.
The mother, identified only by her last name Luo, raised her two sons after she and her husband divorced.
Ms. Luo said she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support her two sons through the dentistry school, but she became concerned because they would not be willing to take care of her at a school. advanced age.
Subsequently, she signed a contract with both of them stating that they would pay her a portion of their tuition reimbursement earnings, up to a total of $ 1.7 million.
The eldest son has reached an agreement with his mother and settled the contract by a lower amount, local media reports.
However, the youngest son, Mr. Chu, argued that he was very young when he signed the agreement, and the contract should be considered invalid.
Mr. Chu also testified that he had worked at his mother’s dental clinic for years after graduation, and that he had helped her to do more than the amount now required.
A Supreme Court spokesman told the BBC that the judges had made their decision mainly because they thought the contract was valid, since the son was an adult when he signed it and did not been forced to do it.
According to the Taiwanese civil code, adult children have a responsibility to support their elderly parents, although most parents do not sue if their children do not take care of them in old age, reports Cindy Sui. in Taipei.