Civil/Commercial Litigation (Lawsuits)/Financial Support Collection


Hi Morgan,

I live in California.  I provided "financial support" for my daughter for about 5 years.  This included room and board and some cash on a monthly basis.

What is the best course of action to collect the financial support amount that she owes me?


Hello Angel,

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I suppose that if the facts support your position, you could sue your debtor for breach of contract to repay the "financial support".  My guess is that the debtor's defense would be that the "financial support" was a gift, perhaps simply made out of familial affection, and not a loan or a conveyance made under a promise to repay.

I suggest that you contact an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction to help you with the proper framing of your claim, and warn you of any other impediments.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Morgan Smith
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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