(National Post) A British Columbia Supreme Court justice says three adults who were left to fend for themselves as teenagers decades ago do not have to pay support to their estranged mother.

Justice Bruce Butler ruled in a decision posted online Thursday that while Shirley Marie Anderson is financially dependent, her children, Donna Dobko, 53, Keith Anderson, 51, and Kenneth Anderson, 48, do not have the money to support her.

And even if they did, Butler said he’d make no such order favoring the 74-year-old mother.

The mother launched the lawsuit against the children in July 2000 and continued the action in 2008.

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