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?
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