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After Leaving Home, NJ Cheerleader Sues Parents For Tuition

After Leaving Home, NJ Cheerleader Sues Parents For Tuition

A high school cheerleader and honor student in New Jersey left home over a family dispute when she turned 18. That was last October. Now she's suing her parents for money to go to college.

According to News 12 New Jersey, Morris Catholic High School senior Rachel Canning says that her parents kicked her out last year. Rachel's dad, a former Linden Park police chief, says that his daughter voluntarily moved out.

Canning, who left her parents' house on her 18th birthday, is currently staying with a friend's family. That friend's dad is currently funding a lawsuit seeking financial support from her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, accusing them of flouting their legal obligations as Rachel Canning's guardians.

The Daily Record reports the dispute began over Canning's resistance to her family's household rules. Her dad told the paper, "We're heartbroken, but what do you do when a child says, 'I don't want your rules, but I want everything under the sun and you to pay for it'?"

As the Daily Mail notes, the current legal dispute is about whether Canning has emancipated herself from her parents' care, and thus dissolved their legal duty to provide for her. New Jersey law doesn't automatically emancipate minors who turn 18.

The Mail quotes Canning's lawyer, who "says her client has not 'moved beyond (her parents') sphere of influence' and per New Jersey law may be deemed non-emancipated. ... But the attorney for Mr. and Mrs. Canning ... is claiming Rachel removed herself from that 'sphere of influence' when she voluntary left her parents' home."

In addition to access to a college tuition fund, Canning is also suing her parents for the cost of a $5,000 unpaid high school bill, transportation and living expenses, and legal fees that have so far totaled more than $12,000.

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cnsmdjrf March 04 2014 at 9:54 AM

Once you are 18 there is no financial obligation whatsoever. It is up to the parents to determine if they wish to support you based on your merits and agreement to follow the rules. Something this young darling was not willing to do. If I were the parents of this "BRAT" I would sue her for failure of contractual agreements for the past 18 years they raised her and sue the friend of the family who is encouraging this to go through. Let's see I believe the average cost to raise a child up to the age of majority ( 18 ) is somewher North of $200,000. That with amortization and cost of legal fees should add well upwards of $350,000.00.
That should teach this BRAT to recognize a good thing when she has one and SHUT UP. What is wrong with society today. They really have taken this entitlement crap way too far out. Why is the media giving such attention to this BRAT. Perhaps they should put up a story of a young adult that overcame overwhelming odds to make it.

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IBruzEZ March 04 2014 at 9:38 AM

What a brat.!! She deserves NOTHING.!! nothing from her parents. She needs to realize that she is now an adult, on her own. Kicked out, walked out, doesn't matter. When you are under your parents house you have to live by the rules of the house, if you don't like it, move out and make a life but your parents don't OWE you anything.! Nope, nothing, nada. Like her dad says, she doesn't want to live by rules but wants all the money her PARENTS have worked their lives for. Hope she loses this suit and has to pay the lawyers too.

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jgarv0414 March 04 2014 at 9:37 AM

She is a spoiled brat! Does she realize that if she lived at home, her parents are not legally ablated to pay for her college. Take out loans, grow up, and start acting right. If you were "grown" enough o leave, here is your chance to act "grown" And shame on the parents of her friends for funding such a childish move. How about trying to teach her some responsibility instead of this me me me attitude. Such nonsense! If this goes to court, i hope the judge laughs in her face and sends her packing!

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msslongrider March 04 2014 at 9:37 AM

She's 18 and don't want to abide by the fami;ly rules! tough luck baby and I hope the family sues the idiot funding her.Loosers looking for a free ride as always and scumball attorneys right withhem

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G-DAWG March 04 2014 at 9:37 AM

can you say spoiled brat??.... unreal!

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cubby67748 March 04 2014 at 9:37 AM

Suck it up spoiled brat!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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blindinvestor March 04 2014 at 9:34 AM

I hope she loses in court and the family putting up the money for an attorney gets hit with the court costs as well as having to pay her father's attorney expenses. Perhaps that would be a good lesson for all, and some justice at that.

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IBruzEZ blindinvestor March 04 2014 at 9:38 AM

Amen and amen.!!

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mickeyronnie March 04 2014 at 9:33 AM

It's called "tough love". This 18 year old wants her own way and have her parents pay for it. She can just come and go as she pleases and they have to suck it up. Well, I say good for the parents and I hope they win in court. This young woman will have to work for what she wants and that's the best life lesson she could receive from her family and the courts.

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tuey_user March 04 2014 at 9:31 AM

No parent has an obligation to pay for their adult child's college education whether or not they live with them. PERIOD!

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lilshriner March 04 2014 at 9:31 AM

like moon8 says about FSFA, but I think the catch so far is "she's not in School" as of yet not a mention of where she is going, and I have been through this as many other parents have been with thiere kids, so mine is not in school right now, and its my fault for not cracking down on him, of course thats according to him. Now he wants in college 'cause gas stations don't pay much,..... go figure, but thats only after a friend told him he could do alot better,. Wish myself and his Mom had thought to tell him that, but then again they are all smarter than the elders until they hit what 25 yoa.

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