Skip to comments.Teen Sues Parents for Cash, College Tuition. Does She Have a Case?
Posted on 03/03/2014 2:33:45 PM PST by Beave Meister
A New Jersey teenager claiming that her mother and father tossed her out of their home and cut her off financially is suing them for immediate support, current private-school fees and future college tuition. The parents, meanwhile, say that daughter Rachel Canning, 18, moved out voluntarily after refusing to abide by their rules.
We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. Its killing me and my wife, Rachel's father, Sean Canning, a town administrator and retired police officer, tells the Daily Record. We have a child we want home. Were not Draconian and now were getting hauled into court. Shes demanding that we pay her bills but she doesnt want to live at home, and shes saying, I dont want to live under your rules. The rules, he notes, include reconsidering her relationship with a boyfriend who may be a bad influence, being respectful, and abiding by her curfew. He and his wife, Elizabeth, who live in suburban Lincoln Park, about 25 miles outside of New York City, have kept their daughters car because they paid for it, says Canning, and he admits that they did stop paying Rachel's tuition at the private Morris Catholic High School. A hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday in the Morris County Superior Court.
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In a word. No. Parental obligation stops when the child becomes an adult.
Depends on the State. I had a friend who expected that his child support would end when the children turned 18. Not so, said the State of PA. Since both parents were college educated, he was required to pay for a college education for his 3 kids.
go pound sand
and then grow up
Yes, this attorney is Tanya Helfand, who is not taking calls right now. Gloria will be searching the countryside for some fo these poor teens who can’t have their way.
Yes...but the child support could have been part of an divorce agreement/contract...
The parents should counter sue for the cost of raising her from birth to age 18.
No. She has no case. She is an adult who refuses to live by their rules. No kid can expect their parents to fund their college against their wishes.
No. That was his beef. He was blind-sided by this (after divorce) decree from the State of PA. He expected his involvement to end at 18 and was resentful since he thought that his family left him — not the other way around. It’s been over 25 years, and the rift has never healed, sad to say.
That is not true. Heck parents now have to carry their adults on medical until just turning 27. Plus some states require parents to pay for college.
In New Jersey, if you are paying child support and the kid turns 18, you have to file for “emancipation”. Which will cost you another $3000 for it to finally end.
“He and his wife, Elizabeth, who live in suburban Lincoln Park, about 25 miles outside of New York City, have kept their daughters car because they paid for it,”
Sell the car.
Agree at 18 she is an adult and is legally entitled to nothing from her parents. Good luck to her.
And I also had a friend whose daughter joined the Navy immediately out of high school and had to pay support for her for over a year until the judge authorized a stop in payments..........with no reimbursement.
I agree. The only way they could force a parent to pay for or contribute to college costs would be something in the divorce settlement contract.
So you are saying that PA has a law that requires people to pay for college for their kids?
If an adolescent refuses to abide by reasonable house rules, and refuses to live at home, then parents are not obligated to provide support.
Sounds to me like “emancipation” is in order. This young lady needs to face the reality of life, and if her parents stick with it, she will learn some valuable lessons.
What states require the parents to pay for college? Do you have examples?
She will just sponge off of some sucker guy that will think he hit the jackpot.
The parents should pay the rest of her hs tuition. She may be 18 but she’s a senior in hs. She’s an honor student so not like she’s cutting classes
Ok ... parents should counter sue for: changing diapers, wiping her snotty nose at 5, soccer teams, birthday parties hosted, cheerleading, anything she spent money on growing up - 3 hot meals a day and roof over her head since birth ... how about pediatric visits to doctor, orthodontics ... hmmm ... the parents should be able to re-coup about $500,00 or more - plus damages for cancelled vacations and their personal time so they could raise her - I say she is entitled to nothing, plus nothing
Why should they be forced to pay private school tuition when she is behaving like a brat?
We have two teenage daughters who go to a Catholic school they like very much. Tuition is not cheap. If she insists on breaking curfew let her try out public school for a while.
Little Miss Sunshine can’t have it both ways. She can’t stomp her feet and declare her adulthood when it comes to curfew, bad boyfriends etc.. and then turn around and say, “Mommy and Daddy pay for my college”. You want to be an adult.. then be an adult. That means paying for everything!
How times have changed. When I was a young adult who no longer wanted to live at home, I worked hard in high school so that I could earn a scholarship. Then when I did, I worked a job to pay for my room and board as I studied in college. I didn’t have a car. I walked or took the bus. I had no phone, but kept a quarter in my pocket at all times. I didn’t expect anyone to give me anything that I couldn’t first earn in some fashion. I also took a loan out for the part of my tuition that wasn’t covered by my scholarship, and when I finished college, it took me ten years to pay every penny back. I never asked for, nor received, a penny from my parents, because I chose to go to college which I knew they couldn’t afford. It was not their responsibility, but it was my dream to get a degree. I was the first in my family to do so, and a couple of siblings followed suit after me, even though I was one of the youngest in our family.
This young lady can cry me a river. What I did wasn’t easy, but it was one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever done. It set me up to work hard for what I believed in. If she doesn’t want to live by their rules...fine, but she is an adult. Her choices have consequences that she alone is responsible for.
If she isn’t ready, then she should admit this, and move back in, following their rules until she is ready to be on her own.
let’s assume she wins for the moment,
What are the odds that she spends the money on a Harvard (or similar) degree in “joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality” rather than something constructive/productive/remunerative?
She could write fascist articles for the school paper while acting as a sexual concentrator for a dorm or something?
Parental obligation stops when the child becomes an adult.
theOne granted these adults enhanced childhood by requiring their adult parents’ medical insurance policies to cover them as if they were still dependents.
Unbelievable -- surely the judge will see what's going on here.
The court should tell her new sugar daddy to pay for it all and eat his court costs.
I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Courts have found that men were liable to pay “palimony” to ex-girlfriends, after the relationship ended, because the woman was able to make the case that there was a “promise of support”. So, if the kid can convince the court that the parents made some promise like that, an idiot judge may find them liable.
Back when I worked in a high-end learning center, moms got the ex to pay for tutoring. It was part of the sales pitch by the aggressive manager....you can make your ex pay!
Suing a parent for education goes way too far. The parents obligation is to care for that child and support him/her getting through a public HS education.
He needs to appeal that immediately. He had a shitty attorney.
Here’s a solution. If you are dependent upon the parents for financial support, regardless of age, you are denied adult rights. No voting, no medical procedures without adult consent, no marriage, not allowed to have kids, can’t sit on a jury, can’t sign up for a credit card. If you cannot live on your own and demand that they take care of you, you cannot then exercise the rights of an adult in any other arena.
She is an adult, and they should not have to pay her living expenses or college tuition. But since she is still in high school, they may have to pay for the balance of her high school tuition.
Hmmm, I think something like that is one of the foremost appeals of ObamaCare, only instead of parents it is taxpayers and instead of college it is welfare. Did I misinterpret Pelosi's comments?
I read the rest of the article, and it looks like her parents may have set up a college fund for her. Depending upon how it was set up, they may have to give her that money, but they certainly would not have to give her anything beyond that for college.
This standard in most states.
I know Pennsylvania is one. I grew up there and lots of parents have to pay tuition for their adult children. However, once they are over 25 they are home free.
This is why it needs to be specifically spelled out in the divorce decree when the child support ends -- age 18, finishing high school, dropping out of school -- otherwise the state will decide for you.
Unless you have to buy them health insurance.
The family is what it is, probably issues on both sides.
I blame this idiot lawyer for misusing the legal system.
Unless the car is titled and registered in the daughter’s name they can do whatever they want with it, including selling it.
The teen has chosen to destroy any “family” she had with her parents, all in the name of being a spoiled little princess. What a brat!
It did, and the Friend of the Court is nobody's friend.........
She already lives at a friends house. Honor student, multiple sports.. Something doesn’t add up with the parents.
I just think the parents should pay for last semester of hs and be done with it. There might not be a legal basis but it’s the right thing to do.
My younger kid is a senior in high school and will be turning 18 soon and there’s no way in hell she’d ever consider behaving that way. I feel super lucky/blessed to have both kids turn out as well as they have.
My guess is the parents are wealthy and have spoiled her since birth and she feels entitled to whatever she wants and this lawsuit is little more than an expensive tantrum. Time for the parents to rewrite their will and omit a certain bitch from it. And they need to let her know about the change.
Better watch what she wishes for. If legal precedence is set her own kids just may bite her with the same thing.
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