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Taiwan dentist is ordered to pay mother, who financed his education, nearly $1 million

TAIPEI — It is an age-old arrangement that is usually implicit: Parents pay for their children’s educations and hope that in their old age the children will support them.

But in a case that made its way to Taiwan’s highest court, a mother who had financed her son’s dental training sued him, asserting that he had broken a written agreement to support her from the proceeds of his dental practice.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sided with mom.

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According to Taiwanese media covering the case, the woman, only identified by her surname, Luo, raised her two sons after she and their father divorced, putting both through dental school. Luo told the court that when she worked as a single mother to put her sons through dental school, she was concerned that they might not help support her in old age, so she had each sign an agreement when they turned 20. Her sons both became practicing dentists in 2003.

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The agreement stipulated that after becoming dentists, her sons would pay her 60 percent of their net profits until the amount paid reached $1.7 million. The younger son told the court that he repaid her $1 million. Given that he signed the contract when he was only 20,he argued that his debt should be cleared.

The court disagreed .

NEW YORK TIMES