What legal rights and responsibilities do Utah parents have to their adult children?

Oct 30, 2023, 7:00 PM

What legal rights and responsibilities do Utah parents have to their adult children...

What age should children move away from home? One Italian mother believes that it's certainly before 40. What do Utah parents think? (Canva)


SALT LAKE CITY — What age should children move out of their parent’s house? One Italian mother believes that it’s certainly before they turn 40.

A 75-year-old woman from Pavia, Italy has sued her two adult sons, 40 and 42, to have them removed from her house. CNN reports that in court papers she has referred to them as “parasites” and “bamboccioni,” which translates to big babies. The Italian woman claims that her sons “had been living in the family apartment without contributing financially or helping around the house.”

Ultimately the judge sided with the woman. Her sons have until December to move out.

Can Utah parents legally evict their adult children?

What if this happened in Utah? What legal rights and responsibilities do Utah parents have to their adult children?

KSL Legal Analyst Greg Skordas said, assuming their children don’t co-own the property, Utah parents have every right to evict their adult children from their homes.

“I mean, they’re treated like tenants just as anyone else who would be in the house, even if they’re not paying rent, or being responsible that way,” he told KSL NewsRadio’s Dave Noriega and Taylor Morgan. “If you wanted to take steps to have them removed and have them evicted from the home,” you could Skorad says. 

According to Skordas, parents in Utah do have a moral and legal obligation to care for their children until they reach the age of majority, 18.

“After that … they’re on their own and parents don’t have any legal matters,” he said. “Once your kid’s 18, you don’t, you don’t really under the law owe them anything.”

However, Skordas said, the state assumes that parents will care for their children until they graduate high school.

“Technically, we usually assume that 18 or until a person graduated from high school, whichever comes later,” he said.

Listen to Dave & Dujanovic on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Keep reading: Lifejacket parents: Homebuyers under 30 getting help from family on down payment

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Dave & Dujanovic

emergency savings account...

Curt Gresseth

Should employers match an emergency-savings account for employees?

A Utah financial planner outlines a new law allowing an emergency-savings account, with a matching employer contribution.

12 hours ago

celeste maloy, the newest member of congress...

Sam Herrera

Celeste Maloy sworn into Congress a week after special election win

Congresswoman Celeste Maloy was sworn in to Congress Tuesday night, but she had already started her work in the days following the special election in Utah.

1 day ago

A man counts U.S. $100 bills at the craft and art market in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday, Aug. 16, ...

Curt Gresseth

Men, women, and generations disagree on how much money will buy happiness

How much money does it take to buy happiness. A Utah financial planner shares some surprising insights.

2 days ago

UTA's planning director discusses future possibilities to meet transportation needs in rapidly grow...

Curt Gresseth

Booming Utah County, UTA talks future plans for public transit

UTA's planning director discusses future possibilities to meet transportation needs in rapidly growing Utah County.

7 days ago

China spy expert...

Curt Gresseth

‘Partner and friend’? Expert says US should be careful trusting China.

All countries spy, including China and the U.S. But Beijing takes spying to a different level says a former FBI supervisor and counterintelligence expert.

8 days ago


Curt Gresseth

Save during the holidays by renting ‘gifts’ from neighbors

Instead of buying new gifts during the holidays, a Provo-based company offers the choice of saving by renting the "gift" from neighbors.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

What legal rights and responsibilities do Utah parents have to their adult children?