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A man has sued his ex-stepson to recover some of the money he spent to raise him

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A Chinese man has sued his ex-stepson to recover some of the money he spent to raise him. The man, named Tang, asked his ex-stepson, Liu, to pay 35,200 yuan ($ 5,285), according to Shanhai News. The case has sparked widespread debate on social media, with many users outraged by Tang’s actions.

A few months after he divorced, a Chinese man decided to sue his ex-stepson to recover some of the money he spent to raise him.

According to the Chinese press Shanhai, the man, named Tang, asked his ex-stepson, Liu, to pay 35,200 yuan ($ 5,285) as compensation for the “living expenses” he incurred while attending university. The money covered accommodation and meals for four years, the publication said.

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Tang married Liu’s mother in 2009, when the boy was 10 years old. Mr. Tang helped raise the child until September 2021, when his wife filed for divorce, according to the site. Tang then filed a lawsuit against his ex-stepson about three months after he separated from his ex-wife.

The case sparked widespread debate on social media, with the hashtag “stepfather asking his stepson for 30,000 yuan for divorce maintenance expenses” garnering more than 150 million views on the Weibo platform, similar to Twitter.

Many people were amazed at Tang’s decision to sue Liu.

“Even after raising her child for 10 years, she never seems to have treated him like a son. It’s so sad, “said a Weibo user.

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Last month, a local court in Chongqing City rejected Tang’s request, ruling that the expenses had been paid voluntarily, according to the South China Morning Post.

“Tang chose to support Liu, even though he knew he had no legal responsibility to pay for his university studies because Liu was 18 years old. In China, children are legally adults after the age of 18 and their parents are no longer expected to cover their living expenses, “said the judge presiding over the court, according to the publication.

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