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Teen Suing Parents for Living Expenses Denied in Court

Superior Court Judge says Rachel Canning won't be receiving a $600 per week payment from her parents for school tuition and living expenses.

Rachel Canning, 18, currently of Rockaway Township. Photo Credit: Facebook
Rachel Canning, 18, currently of Rockaway Township. Photo Credit: Facebook

An 18-year-old Morris County woman who sued her parents for financial support after leaving home in October was denied by a Superior Court Judge in Morristown Tuesday. 

Rachel Canning, a Morris Catholic High School senior now living with a friend in Rockaway Township, filed suit against her parents, of Lincoln Park, in February, seeking an outstanding tuition payment, future college tuition payments, and current living expenses.

Judge Peter Bogaard, according to nj.com, asked the court, “Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house?"

In Canning’s suit, an emergency order was requested in the amount of more than $600 per week, according to court documents (see full written testimony here). Additionally, Canning said her outstanding Morris Catholic tuition of $5,306 was also due, adding that to the suit. Because the deadline for payment is not until May 1, Morris Catholic said Canning may continue attending the school and Bogaard denied the need for an emergent payment, according to nj.com.

Canning left home in October – two days prior to turning 18 – and stayed with her boyfriend for two days, the documents showed. Once the Catholic institution learned of the situation, it forbade Canning from staying there with repercussions of not being allowed back at school.

The honor student then took refuge at the home of friend Jaime Inglesino in Rockaway Township. Inglesino’s father, John Inglesino, is a former Morris County freeholder and current attorney for the township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Inglesino has provided payment for Canning’s legal fees up to this point, the documents show.

Tuesday’s hearing lasted more than two hours, nj.com reported.

Bogaard said awarding the payment to Rachel Canning “would represent essentially a new law or a new way of interpreting an existing law,” nj.com reported.

While Canning’s attempt at receiving immediate payment was not approved, the family is due back in court April 22 for another hearing. The case could go to trial on the grounds that the 18-year-old was “emancipated” when she left home, and no longer required financial assistance from her parents.

Jeff March 09, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Unsubstantiated or not - this whole story seems off and casts a poor light on Rachel. Sounds like her choice is make up with parents or get a job and gets loans like the rest of America.
Chuck Ruff March 09, 2014 at 09:19 AM
I think the story casts a poor light on Rachel, her parents, and Inglesino, the ex-politician who funded the lawsuit. Lose, lose and lose... no winners.
CC March 09, 2014 at 09:25 AM
BTW - The girl pictured here is NOT the correct BRAT we are referring to! At 18 years old she is entitled to anything she wants as long as SHE earns it.
Harlan Consider March 09, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Is it me, or does anyone else think it's very strange that the father of the girl's friend, that this the father who is currently accommodating this girl, is the one who is funding this lawsuit on her behalf? Okay, I understand a certain amount of misguided compassion, but this really has me wondering about what's motivating this guy to the point where this has come to.
lisa March 10, 2014 at 09:56 PM
gee what a shame this brat will have to get a job and make money for herself..i was brought up that once you are 18 its time to make your own living...instead of spending her money on her partying and not following rules is her own stupidity..grow up show respect to your parents because one day they will be gone... she got what she deserves absolutely NOTHING

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