An 18 Year Old Sues Her Parents

When it comes to going to college, are your parents responsible for your finances? Some people answer yes to this question while others say no. One teen in New Jersey thinks that her parents should be responsible.

High school senior Rachel Canning is suing her parents because she wants them to pay her private school tuition, college tuition and living expenses. Canning is claiming that her parents threw her out of the house once she turned 18.

According to Rachel’s father, Sean Canning, Rachel was a rebellious teenager who ran away from home because she didn’t want to abide by her parents’ rules. The rules included being respectful, keeping a curfew, doing chores and breaking up with her boyfriend who was a bad influence.

Her father also says that Rachel had behavior problems having been suspended twice from school and bullied her sister. Canning has denied all claims that he kicked his daughter out. Canning alleges that she voluntarily left home in October. In a interview he said:

“We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into court. She’s demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn’t want to live at home and she’s saying, ‘I don’t want to live under your rules.'”

Since being put out of her parents’ home, Rachel has been staying with the family of her best friend, Jaime Inglesino. John Inglesino, Jaime’s father and an attorney, is funding the lawsuit and has hired Canning’s lawyer, Tayna N. Helfand.

“My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules,” she said in her court documents. “They stopped paying my high school tuition to punish the school and me and have redirected my college fund, indicating their refusal to afford me an education as a punishment.” – Rachel Canning 

In a hearing expected today, Helfand will ask Morristown judge Peter Bogaard for Rachel’s parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, to pay a balance of $5,306 towards her high school tuition bill, their daughter’s current living and transportation fees, and an existing college fund.

And that’s not all. If the request goes through, Rachel’s parents will have to pay all of her legal fees which currently add up to $12,597.

– Dallas Jordan

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