New Jersey teen sues parents for financial support.

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  1. Irishjester

    West of Portland

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    Don't like living at home? Tired of your parents rules? Have you left home, discovered how hard real life is, and think it's unfair?

    It's not your fault, it's your parents fault, and you should sue them!


    A New Jersey honor student is suing her parents in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit for financial support and to force them to pay for college.

    Rachel Canning, 18, of Morris Catholic High School, claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home two days before her 18th birthday in late October, although her parents insist she moved voluntarily. Both parties are scheduled to appear before a judge in Morristown on Tuesday.

    Canning's father, retired Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, told The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter left home on her own accord because she didn't want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores.

    Since moving out, Canning, who has reportedly already been accepted to several colleges, has been living in Rockaway Township with relatives of her best friend. Former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino is funding the lawsuit, the newspaper reports.

    Canning is seeking her parents to be ordered to immediately pay tuition at Morris Catholic High School, where she attends as a senior. Her parents have already paid tuition through Dec. 31, but haven’t signed additional checks since Rachel left the family’s home. Administrators at the school have said they won’t kick her out for unpaid 2014 tuition, The New York Post reports.

    “This whole thing is just destroying our family,” Sean Canning told The Post. “We love our daughter. She’s our pride and joy. The door is wide open. We want her to come home.”

    Canning told the newspaper he and his wife have disagreed on typical family issues.

    “I’m a liberal, liberal parent,” he said. “I wish I could have grown up in my house. I was tougher on my cops at work than I’ve ever been at my home, that’s for sure.”

    Legal experts told The Post that the rare case, if successful, could evoke similar suits in the future.

    “In my 20 years of practicing family law in New Jersey, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Brian Schwartz, chairman of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Family Law Section, told the newspaper.

    Jeralyn Lawrence, the incoming Family Law Section chair, said: “This could open the floodgates of recalcitrant kids fighting with their parents, moving out and then suing for them to keep paying.”
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W.
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    LOL My daughter at 34 still thinks her joining the US NAVY right after high school was her idea (ROFLMAO) I knew a kid who spent the better part of 14 hours a day in bed through her last two years of high school barely squeaking thru to graduation. Needed something to get her motivated. Course I knew it was coming when she was 15. Amazing what that 4:30 wake up that first morning of Basic can do for you. She's now a mommy a wife and a nurse. And a Veteran of 8 years in the US NAVY.
  3. parallax

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    Every once in a while, I find an affirmation like this, that makes me happy that I never had kids. :)
  4. ZA_Survivalist

    AK's all day.

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    Sounds like that teen needs a good hard slap to the face from the mother.
    Perhaps that might shake some sense loose.

    What has our world come to.
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  5. Redcap

    Lewis County, WA
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    Slap? I think this calls for closed fists and a regular old'.

    EDIT: I cannot understand the god damn word filters on this site.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  6. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu
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    Jeeze! I think everyone in the family needs an azz kickin'!
  7. Cheesemaker

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    Parents raised a spoiled brat!! Plain and simple!
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2014
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  8. Stomper

    I’m NOT a monster!
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    My (adult) kid wouldn't live long enough to see the courtroom. ;)

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