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August 12th, 2010

Shirley Anderson, 71, is suing her son Ken, 46, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for parental support.

Shirley Anderson, 71, is suing her son Ken, 46, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for parental support  " even though she and his father had abandoned him when he was 15 (having one day just picked up and moved and, as in Mr. Allen's joke, "left no forwarding address"). An archaic 1922 law in British Columbia obligates adult children to support "dependent" parents, and in 2000, Shirley sued, demanding $350(Cdn) per month each from Ken, who is a trucker, and his four siblings (three of whom were at least 17 when the parents left and not considered "abandoned"). A judge awarded token interim support pending a final resolution, which after years of paperwork and delay was to come in early August but has been postponed once again.
 
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