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Dad told to pay child support to daughter, 29

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Dad told to pay child support to daughter, 29
A lawyer said the decision was "absurd" while the judge argued the daughter had no other financial resources. File photo of woman studying: Shutterstock
13:27 CET+01:00
A Spanish judge has ordered a father to pay his 29-year-old daughter €500 ($630) a month in financial assistance, citing the difficulties under 30s have in finding work because of the country's crisis.

A man who has been been paying child support to his daughter for 24 years will have to do so for a little longer after a judge in southern Spain's Cádiz province ruled he would have to continue to support her until she completed her studies. 

The man who separated from the woman's mother nearly a quarter of a century ago had gone to court asking that the child support payments be stopped.

But the presiding judge decided the assistance would continue until the woman finished her studies in two years time, noting both Spain's poor economic situation and the fact that the father in the case was in a good economic situation, Spain's 20 minutos newspaper reported.

The judge also noted the young woman was not entitled to any unemployment benefits.  

"(The daughter is) 29 and still hasn't finished her studies, " a lawyer for the man told 20 minutos.

"These rulings are surprising, crazy and not normal. It's absurd. The normal thing is that he (the judge) would have said that's enough freeloading," the lawyer said.   

The unemployment rate in Spain is currently 23.7 percent while the youth unemployment rate is over 50 percent.  

A Unicef study published on Tuesday found that the proportion of Spaniards who were neither working nor studying had risen from 14.3 percent to 18.6 percent from 2008 to 2012.  

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