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Student, 18, sues parents for financial support

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:21 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2014

MORRISTOWN, N.J. >> A northern New Jersey honor student who says her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18 is now suing them, asking a court to make them support her and pay for her college.

A judge in Morristown has scheduled a hearing Tuesday in the lawsuit filed last week by Rachel Canning.

Court documents show frequent causes of parent-teenage tension -- boyfriends and alcohol -- taken to an extreme. In court filings, there are accusations and denials, but one thing is clear: the girl left home Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18 after a tumultuous stretch during which her parents separated and reconciled and the teen began getting into uncharacteristic trouble at school.

In court filings, Canning's parents, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning and his wife Elizabeth, said their daughter voluntarily left home because she didn't want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing a few chores and ending a relationship with a boyfriend her parents say is a bad influence. They say that shortly before she turned 18, she told her parents that she would be an adult and could do whatever she wanted.

She said her parents are abusive, contributed to an eating disorder she developed and pushed her to get a basketball scholarship. They say they were supportive, helped her through the eating disorder and paid for her to go to a private school where she would not get as much playing time in basketball as she would have at a public school.

They also say she lied in her court filing and to child welfare workers who are involved in the case.

She's been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend. The friend's father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, is funding the lawsuit.

Inglesino told the The Daily Record of Parsippany that he and his wife decided to pay for the lawsuit because they fear Canning will lose opportunities for a strong education and a happy future without her parents' contributions.

A cheerleader and lacrosse player who hopes to become a biomedical engineer, Canning is seeking immediate financial support and wants to force her parents to pay for her college education and more than $5,000 owed for her last semester at Morris Catholic High School. She also wants a judge to declare that she's non-emancipated and dependent as a student on her parents for support.

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ryan02 wrote:
I guess she'll be cut out of the will.
on March 4,2014 | 06:19AM
niceynicey wrote:
on March 4,2014 | 06:23AM
Anonymous wrote:
Good luck getting into a school now, dear. If I were an admissions director looking at her application and knowing who she is and about this lawsuit, I'd drop her application like a hot potato!
on March 4,2014 | 10:40AM
kulanakai wrote:
She wants to live wherever and do whatever but still remain dependent financially? I can't believe her friend's parent are paying for this.
on March 4,2014 | 06:27AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Total B.S., this lawsuit. Kids seem to be feel overly-entitled nowadays, probably the result of the "time-out/anti-corporal punishment" bandwagon of a decade or two ago. After all, every parent knows that giving in is actually EASIER than laying down the law....and it's the truly DEDICATED parents who stick to their guns regardless of the grief their kids give...so resorting to "time outs" was society's excuse for taking the easy way out of parenting (as opposed to tough love, which DOES get results). Today, we live with the repercussions and consequences of our soft parenting mandates of yesterday. Hopefully the courts toss this lawsuit out rather than allow it to set the standard for future frivolous (and disrespectful) kid vs. parent lawsuits!
on March 4,2014 | 06:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
If she'e 18 and emancipated she's an adult.
on March 4,2014 | 06:38AM
XML808 wrote:
If she's a strong student and living independently, she'll qualify for a higher amount of financial aid. Do the paperwork, kid.
on March 4,2014 | 06:48AM
cojef wrote:
Influenced by boyfriend's parents, who fear that if their son gets married to her, they get stuck with the bills. Nowadays, kids graduating from college owes up to over a $100,000 in student aid loans. Nothing to sneeze at.
on March 4,2014 | 08:35AM
Usagi336 wrote:
Had to be a boyfriend involved in this. Need more dads like hers.
on March 4,2014 | 06:55AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Get a job. You control your future.
on March 4,2014 | 07:03AM
paniolo wrote:
She's an ADULT. Too bad, on your own. Don't want to follow house rules of your parents, then, live your best friend's family. Ungrateful BRAT!
on March 4,2014 | 07:27AM
Ronin006 wrote:
on March 4,2014 | 07:34AM
dlum003 wrote:
Kids nowadays ... couple s laps
on March 4,2014 | 07:39AM
DABLACK wrote:
Her friends' father may have a stake in it too ! He may have an ulterior motive !!
on March 4,2014 | 07:48AM
Hawaii001 wrote:
You're 18! Get a JOB and pay for your own expenses!
on March 4,2014 | 07:59AM
paniolo wrote:
That's right.
on March 4,2014 | 08:25AM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
The parents had probably spent a fortune already on her private schools up to this point. Counter sue to get that money back. Also, what a scuzzy lawyer to take this on!
on March 4,2014 | 08:33AM
CriticalReader wrote:
She's gonna make money out of this. After she loses he first lawsuit, she'll win the second against her lawyer.
on March 4,2014 | 08:45AM
lee1957 wrote:
What's next for Rachel, baby factory?
on March 4,2014 | 10:29AM
paniolo wrote:
I hope her kids are bratty like her. Let her learn. Going get BACHI...
on March 4,2014 | 10:54AM
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