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Unemployed 41-Year-Old Loses Battle To Have Parents Pay Him Maintenance For Life

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Unemployed 41-Year-Old Loses Battle To Have Parents Pay Him Maintenance For Life

A 41-year-old son without a job has lost a legal battle to have his parents pay him maintenance money for the rest of his life.

So, Faiz Siddiqui will now be getting nothing from his parents and has been told - despite his claims - that his human rights have not been breached.

The case, which could have set an interesting legal precedent for parents with regards to their responsibilities to their children, was chucked out of the Court of Appeal.

Lord Justice Underhill ruled: "Parents should be under no legal duty to support their adult children, however grave their need."

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Mr Siddiqui was educated at Oxford, and is a qualified solicitor.

However, he's been out of work since 2011.

Faiz Siddiqui in 2017. Credit: PA
Faiz Siddiqui in 2017. Credit: PA

For years - 20, according to reports - he's been living in a £1,000,000 flat owned by his parents near to Hyde Park in London with no rent obligations.

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He's also had cash for bills and expenses paid for by his 'rents.

Javed, 71, and 69-year-old Rakshanda eventually reduced the amount of support they were giving to their son following a family disagreement.

However, their son claimed that they had made him dependent and said that the law was unfair on children whose parents have stayed married.

It's a bold claim, and - as we've covered - it was booted from the court.

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His parents' lawyer described Faiz as 'difficult and demanding' and said that his parents were 'long-suffering'.

Mr Siddiqui's case was thrown out at the Court of Appeal. Credit: Alamy
Mr Siddiqui's case was thrown out at the Court of Appeal. Credit: Alamy

Siddiqui was awarded an upper second class honours degree from Brasenose College, as well as receiving a masters in taxation.

Then, four years back, he sued the Oxford University for £1,000,000, claiming that the only reason he didn't get a first class degree was because the teaching he received was inadequate.

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That claim was dismissed by a High Court judge in 2018.

After graduating, he qualified as a solicitor following a training period at Clifford Chance in London.

He went on to work for several high-profile legal firms such as Burgess Salmon and Field Fisher Waterhouse, as well as a period of employment as a tax adviser at EY, which is a major player in the world of accounting.

Siddiqui during his case against Oxford University. Credit: PA
Siddiqui during his case against Oxford University. Credit: PA
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Now, it looks as if he'll have to start looking for a job, as it's unlikely that a prolonged - and frankly strange - legal process against his parents will have convinced them to give him any more of their money.

Lord Justice Underhill stated that the law is clear on the fact that parents can only be ordered to pay support monies to adult children in cases where the parents have broken up.

He added: "There should be no general discretionary power to require the provision of such support outside that context."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/PA

Topics: UK News, Money, law, Weird, London

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