Most parents are living the life of "empty nesters" by the time their children reach 30, but one U.S. couple had to go to court to give their son that extra little push.
Suing their son in state supreme court was a last resort for Christina and Mark Rotondo, who have spent the past few months sending Michael formal letters asking him to leave.
"After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided that you must leave this house immediately", dad Mark Rotondo wrote in a letter in back February that has been filed with the court.
Rotondo's parents reportedly offered him more than $1,000 and help in fixing his vehicle to get him on his feet once leaving. But when asked about his business, Rotondo replied: "My business is my business". Rotondo argued for a six-month stay, and though the judge praised his legal research he ultimately called the request "outrageous".
If you've ever tried renting somewhere, it takes a lot longer than 24 hours to find a place, do an inspection, speak to the letting agent, get approved, sign some documents, get enough money for a deposit, blah blah blah.
Psychologists say while Michael's case is certainly an extreme case, the whole idea of "failure to launch" is a real thing.
Mr Rotondo also complained the judge had not properly read his case.
The judge instructed the parents' lawyer to draft an eviction order.
Rotondo said he will review his options to appeal, adding that he might seek a stay of the eviction order.
Asked whether he was hurt by his parents' legal actions, he said, "They're very much a moot point to me".
As Rotondo's parents sat quietly in the court gallery, Rotondo appeared to crave the spotlight.
"The notion that, you know, that I'm just out of there, it really seems most unreasonable", he said. Another message urged him to either fix his auto, a Volkswagen Passat, or take it down off of the "ramps" that it was on at the Rotondos' house.
Attorney Anthony Adorante said it would give Michael reasonable time to vacate.