When you reach a certain age, you can look back on your childhood and realize just how much your parents did for you. Not so for Steven II, 23, and Kathryn, 20, a brother and sister who enlisted the help of their lawyer father to sue their mother for $50,000 over claims of emotional distress and bad mothering.
Sounds serious, right? According to the Daily Mail, the most emotionally distressing evidence the siblings offered in their case was an “inappropriate” birthday card that Steven II received… that included no money. DUN DUN DUNNN!
We should inform you that these children grew up in a $1.5 million home with a lawyer dad as the breadwinner, and according to their mom’s lawyer, the children wanted “the benefits afforded by a family relationship, but none of the restraints.”
By restraints we mean the mother calling Kathryn one night around midnight to tell her to come home from a party, threatening to call the cops on Steven II if he didn’t buckle his seatbelt, and “haggling” over dress prices. They used all of these instances in their case.
“It would be laughable that these children of privilege would sue their mother for emotional distress, if the consequences were not so deadly serious,” wrote the mother’s lawyer in court papers.
After two years of battle, an appeals court finally ruled in favor of the mother, stating that her behavior was not “extreme or outrageous.” Court papers noted that a positive ruling for the children “could potentially open the floodgates to subject family childrearing [to] excessive judicial scrutiny and interference,” meaning any child could sue their parent over a bad birthday present and have a good chance of winning.
Source: Daily Mail