When families feud in the courtroom, it's usually over love or money.

But for an Alexandria mother and her son -- both of them diehard Washington Redskins fans -- apparently few things are as important as their season tickets to see the hometown NFL team.

In a suit filed in Alexandria Circuit Court, Suzanne Valenzuela claims that her son, Todd, has refused to hand over five season tickets for the 1987 season that cost her $765.

Valenzuela alleges that, while she was on vacation, her son "surreptitiously presented himself at the stadium ticket office . . . and proceeded to pick up the tickets." He could do this, her complaint explains, because his name was on the tickets.

According to the suit, Valenzuela put the tickets in her son's name when she first got them, more than a decade ago, because she had been told season tickets could not be willed at death to a survivor.

"I'm upset the Redskins office gave them to him," Valenzuela said yesterday. "They're all my tickets," she said, adding: "In the past, I let him use some of them.

"I've been a Redskins fan since 1961 . . . my children became interested through me," said Valenzuela, who described herself as "in my 40s."

Todd Valenzuela, 21, a student at George Mason University, said he picked up the tickets because last year he paid his mother for his share of the tickets, but, "I never saw them.

"I anticipated trouble this year."

Last year was the first time there had been any problems over the tickets, he said. He and his mother had even gone to the 1983 Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., together to root for the Redskins. "We had a great time," he said.

"I've grown up with the Redskins," he said. "I've been going to the games since I was a little child. That's life. Fun doesn't start until September."

Todd Valenzuela said he is willing to reimburse his mother for this year's tickets, but he wants to subtract what he paid for the tickets he said he didn't get last year.

At the Redskins ticket office, Ronn Levine said, "We consider {tickets} like a checking account; they belong to the person whose name is on them."

Levine said tickets in the name of a deceased person can be claimed by an immediate family survivor who provides proof of the death and the relationship.

The Redskins' waiting list for season tickets has 15,000 names on it, he added, which helps explain why the tickets are right up there with other big issues among some families.

"I've heard of such {disputes} before," usually during a divorce, Levine said. "You know, they say, 'You have your house, you have your kids. And you have your season tickets.' "