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New Jersey student who sued parents returns home

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:13 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2014

ROSELAND, N.J. >> The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy.

Rachel Canning's return does not involve any financial or other considerations, the lawyer for the 18-year-old's parents said Wednesday. Angelo Sarno said that the dispute had been settled "amicably," but refused to comment further on the litigation.

Sarno said Rachel Canning moved back in with her parents on Tuesday night and said the notoriety surrounding the suit had damaged the family.

"This is a matter that should have been brought in some counselor's office, not into a courtroom," Sarno said. "There's a long road ahead, this is not something that's going to happen overnight. The point of this process? The healing needs to begin."

A judge last week had denied the teen's request for child support and to have her parents pay her remaining high school tuition. But the judge scheduled an April court date to consider the over-arching question of whether the Cannings are obligated to financially support their adult daughter.

State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard sounded skeptical of some of the claims in the lawsuit, saying it could lead to teens "thumbing their noses" at their parents, leaving home and then asking for financial support.

"Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-olds to sue for an iPhone?" he asked. "We should be mindful of a potentially slippery slope."

Canning had left her parents' house on 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 in her lawsuit that 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.

Rachel Canning had been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend. The friend's father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, was paying for the lawsuit.

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cojef wrote:
So the brat returns home. Now what?
on March 12,2014 | 10:27AM
bedo808 wrote:
She won. Now she can suck all the money she wants from her parents.
on March 12,2014 | 10:32AM
KB wrote:
That is why lawyers should not work for free ...then... collect if there is money . "How do we screen out frivolous time wasting law suits.?
on March 12,2014 | 10:37AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I'm told that this girl's lawsuit was financed by her friend's father who is an attorney.
on March 12,2014 | 10:58AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I know of a person who is the father of a child from a previous marriage. His relationship with his ex-wife has never been good and although he's tried very hard to maintain a good relationship with his daugther that hasn't been very good as well. It doesn't help when the ex-wife is constantly badmouthing you. Anyway, this father has been told by the court that he's responsible for his daugther's college education. His daughter has continuously registed for classes then dropped out. This has gone on for several semesters but as long as she can show her registration the court has required the father to reimburse her. The system is screwed up.
on March 12,2014 | 10:57AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Couldn't hold her breath anymore, huh?
on March 12,2014 | 11:35AM
seaturtle wrote:
What is wrong with all these players...brat, attorney who took the case and best friend's father?!? What a waste of time and the public's money. Makes my stomach turn!!!
on March 12,2014 | 12:27PM
paniolo wrote:
I doubt she'll change much. I bet any small thing that her parents do or say that she doesn't like, she'll scream abuse blame them for something else. She's an adult, let her fend for herself in the real world.
on March 12,2014 | 12:38PM
st1d wrote:
future snooki in the making. no wonder the friend's parent gave her alcohol.
on March 12,2014 | 05:28PM
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