Germany’s Federal Court of Justice released a ruling today on a case in which a man was expected to pay for the health care costs of his father, who he had cut off contact with for over forty years. Despite being estranged from his father, the court ruled that the financial responsibility still fell on the son.
Shortly after his parents decided to divorce in 1971, the unnamed son, while still in his late teens, broke contact with his father. His father ceased to exist in his life until ordered to pay 9,000 euros ($12,300) to the city of Bremen to take care of the health costs his father’s estate could not pay after his death in 2012.
Despite fighting the fine in the German courts, it was ruled that even though the two had cut off contact, the father had fulfilled his parental duties while the son was still a minor, and therefore he was financially responsible for his father’s debt.