‘My husband is annoyed our bankrupt son is still living with us’

Dear Coleen

My son is 36, and several years ago he started his own business. He was living with his girlfriend and his life seemed to be going so well.

But then his ­girlfriend left him and he bought her out of their flat, and then his business got into difficulty.

He didn’t face up to any of this, and instead buried his head in the sand as his debts began to mount up.

Eventually his business went under and he was declared bankrupt. He lost everything, including his flat, and he moved back home with my husband and me.

My husband has always been quite tough on our son and, 18 months on, he’s unhappy he’s still living here.

Before he was declared bankrupt we helped our son clear some of his debts, using our savings. And because our son has struggled to find work since, we’re still supporting him financially.

But my husband is losing his patience and says that our son needs to stand on his own two feet. He also thinks he’s taking advantage of us and that I’ve always been too soft on him.

It’s causing arguments between us and I’m at the end of my tether. I feel torn between my husband and son.

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