Parents vs. Children: When Family Battles Are Taken to Court

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These crazy court cases between parents and children show just how far some fights can go.
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Last week, Blonde singer Frank Ocean’s estranged father, Calvin Cooksey sued his son for libel in a civil lawsuit.

Cooksey claims his son fabricated a story on Tumblr about an incident that “NEVER HAPPENED.”

In his Tumblr post, the singer wrote about the last time he saw his father, alleging that the older man stormed out of the restaurant after verbally abusing their transgender waitress.

Now Cooksey is suing Ocean for $14 million and accusing him of posting the “lie” to “in order to sell records.” The lawsuit argues that the post cost Ocean’s father his reputation and chance for opportunity in the film and music industries.

This isn’t the first-time parents and children have battled it out in court. Check out these other true-life court cases of parents vs. children:

New Jersey teen sues parents for “child support”

Two days before she turned 18, a New Jersey high school senior packed up and moved out – claiming her parents refused to pay her bills if she didn’t follow their house rules and break up with her boyfriend.

Rachel Canning was an honor student and athlete at Morris Catholic High School when she filed a lawsuit against her parents, in which she sought child support of $654 per week, tuition for private school and college, and payment of her legal bills.

The case quietly ended when Canning formally dropped her lawsuit, stating that she changed her mind of her own accord and that the media attention became overwhelming.

She ultimately ended up moving back in with her parents and expressing remorse for the problems sh caused between them.

Actress Mischa Barton sues mother for stealing money

In 2015, actress Mischa Barton sued her mother, Nuala Barton; claiming she stole $7.8 million to buy a Beverly Hills home that Mischa was not welcome to visit, as well as stealing money throughout her 20-year acting career.

Alex Weingarten, Mischa’s lawyer called Barton’s mother “a greedy stage mother” who had “absolutely no experience or training” to be acting as her talent manager. In addition, the lawsuit also claimed her mother was “secretly scheming to exploit Barton’s bourgeoning career for her benefit.”

Nearly a year after filing, Mischa dismissed the case without prejudice, meaning she could still refile in the future.

Minnesota transgender teen sued by mother for having gender transition-related care

Last November, a Minnesota mother announced she was suing her transgender 17-year-old daughter, plus St. Louis County, the St. Louis School Board, the principal of her daughter’s high school, the director of the county’s Health and Human Services agency and two nonprofit health clinics.

Anmarie Calgaro filed the lawsuit after learning her daughter was undergoing gender reassignment procedures without parental consent. Calgaro claimed she was “robbed of the opportunity to help my son make good decisions.”

But the self-sufficient teen whose been living on her own for the past two years and working two jobs while going to high school and attending college classes, “perfectly fits the definition of an emancipated minor.”

Based on the emancipation issue, attorneys representing E.J.K. believe Calgaro is unlikely to win the case.

College student sues parents for tuition, wins case

In 2014, a judge ruled twice in the favor of Caitlyn Ricci – a Pennsylvania college student who sued her parents for tuition at two colleges, amounting to $17,000.

Ricci’s parents appealed both cases, stating that because they live in New Jersey, they could not afford the higher cost of an out-of-state tuition. They also added that Ricci has not applied for any student loans or scholarships. “I think she just wants the money,” her mother, Maura McGarvey said.

Her parents turned to the crowdfunding site, Gofundme.com to try to raise the tuition the judge ordered they had to pay.

Mom wins “bad mom” case

Illinois siblings Steven and Kathryn Miner sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity for $50,000 for emotional distress, accusing their mom of “bad mothering.”

Garrity’s attorney described the complaint as a “litany of childish complaints and ingratitude.”

Some of the outrageous reasons the adult kids (who were raised in a $1.5 million home by their father) were suing included; not sending money for birthdays, calling the daughter home from homecoming early and threatening to call the police on her son for not buckling up at the age of seven.

The case was dismissed and yet, the siblings appealed. Once again the case was dismissed as groundless.

Arguments with parents are normal. Family feuds sometimes happen. But these crazy court cases between parents and children show just how far some fights can go.

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