An Italian court in Mantova, northern Italy, on Tuesday ordered a father to pay thousands of euros of compensation to the daughter he abandoned over 18 years ago, Articolotre reported.
The girl was abandoned shortly after her birth, it was reported, when the father moved from Arezzo to Mantova, where he made a new life for himself and started a new family.
Despite recognizing the girl as his daughter, he never took financial or moral responsibility for her.
The girl lived with her mother, who was married to the girl’s father, and all attempts to get back in touch with her father were fruitless, according to the girl’s lawyer, Iacopo Gori.
Eighteen years on, the daughter decided to sue her father, who will now be forced to pay €1,000 for each year of the girl’s life up until her eighteenth birthday plus an additional €500 for each subsequent year of absence.
The initial request was for more than €100,000 but this amount was reduced by the judge, according to Gori.
"But the important thing is that a principle was affirmed: the right while growing up to maintain a relationship with both parents and the right to existential damages if this right is violated," said Gori.
“The judge deemed it superfluous to hear the numerous witnesses specified by the plaintiff, given that the father has never denied the fact of never having offered support, both moral as well as material,” the lawyer added.