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Teen Sues Parents for Cash, College Tuition. Does She Have a Case?
Yahoo ^ | 3/3/2014 | Beth Greenfield

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. It’s 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. We’re not Draconian and now we’re getting hauled into court. She’s demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn’t want to live at home, and she’s saying, ‘I don’t 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 daughter’s 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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another spoiled brat and another attorney trying to turn someone into a victim. I wonder if her attorney is Gloria Allred? Sounds like a case right up Gloria's alley.
1 posted on 03/03/2014 2:33:46 PM PST by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

No.


2 posted on 03/03/2014 2:34:19 PM PST by Tulane
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To: Beave Meister

In a word. No. Parental obligation stops when the child becomes an adult.


3 posted on 03/03/2014 2:37:17 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Tulane

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.


4 posted on 03/03/2014 2:38:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Beave Meister

hey, rachel

go pound sand

and then grow up

idiot


5 posted on 03/03/2014 2:38:39 PM PST by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: Tulane

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.


6 posted on 03/03/2014 2:38:54 PM PST by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes...but the child support could have been part of an divorce agreement/contract...


7 posted on 03/03/2014 2:41:19 PM PST by Tulane
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To: Beave Meister

The parents should counter sue for the cost of raising her from birth to age 18.


8 posted on 03/03/2014 2:42:17 PM PST by mrmeyer (You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. – Robert Heinlein)
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To: Beave Meister

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.


9 posted on 03/03/2014 2:42:28 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Tulane

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.


10 posted on 03/03/2014 2:43:59 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: taxcontrol

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.


11 posted on 03/03/2014 2:44:04 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: taxcontrol

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.


12 posted on 03/03/2014 2:46:34 PM PST by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: Beave Meister

“He and his wife, Elizabeth, who live in suburban Lincoln Park, about 25 miles outside of New York City, have kept their daughter’s car because they paid for it,”

Sell the car.


13 posted on 03/03/2014 2:46:39 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: taxcontrol

Agree… at 18 she is an adult and is legally entitled to nothing from her parents. Good luck to her.


14 posted on 03/03/2014 2:48:05 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I had a friend who expected that his child support would end when the children turned 18.

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.

15 posted on 03/03/2014 2:49:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: Tulane; afraidfortherepublic

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.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 2:51:26 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So you are saying that PA has a law that requires people to pay for college for their kids?


17 posted on 03/03/2014 2:52:10 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Beave Meister
While her parents may not have raised her to be a spoiled brat, she sure has decided on her own to become one. At least the parents tried to set house rules. Teenagers can be very hateful to their parents for no reason than they're teenagers. Such a horrible age. Hope this immature 18 year old adult gets stuck with both her attorneys’ fees, her parents’ attorney fees and the court costs. Please, please let the judge have some common sense and slap her hard, very hard, for pulling this stunt. And slap that attorney friend hard for wasting the court's time and patience. Too bad the attorney friend she's living with can't be forced to foot her college tuition and expenses for the next four years for encouraging her bad behavior.
18 posted on 03/03/2014 2:52:42 PM PST by bgill
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To: Beave Meister

Absolutely not!

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.


19 posted on 03/03/2014 2:52:46 PM PST by jacquej ("It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.")
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To: napscoordinator

What states require the parents to pay for college? Do you have examples?


20 posted on 03/03/2014 2:53:31 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Beave Meister

She will just sponge off of some sucker guy that will think he hit the jackpot.


21 posted on 03/03/2014 2:56:25 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik

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


22 posted on 03/03/2014 2:58:25 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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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


23 posted on 03/03/2014 3:01:15 PM PST by rayincolorado ("Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it ...")
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To: GreaterSwiss

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.


24 posted on 03/03/2014 3:01:20 PM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Beave Meister

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!


25 posted on 03/03/2014 3:02:32 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Beave Meister

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.


26 posted on 03/03/2014 3:06:01 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: GeronL

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?

Zero.


27 posted on 03/03/2014 3:07:39 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Ouderkirk

She could write fascist articles for the school paper while acting as a sexual concentrator for a dorm or something?

lol

never mind....


28 posted on 03/03/2014 3:10:37 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: taxcontrol

Parental obligation stops when the child becomes an adult.


I pay child support for a 19 yr old that goes to school. P.S. She has 2 jobs.


29 posted on 03/03/2014 3:11:22 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Beave Meister

theOne granted these adults enhanced childhood by requiring their adult parents’ medical insurance policies to cover them as if they were still dependents.


30 posted on 03/03/2014 3:11:35 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Beave Meister
For months, Rachel has been living with the family of her best friend and classmate, Jaime Inglesino, whose father, attorney John Inglesino, is bankrolling Rachel’s lawsuit. He’s also requesting in the lawsuit that the Cannings reimburse him for the legal fees, so far totaling $12,597, according to the paper.

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.

31 posted on 03/03/2014 3:13:13 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: taxcontrol

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.


32 posted on 03/03/2014 3:15:19 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Beave Meister
It's been going on for years that dads divorced from their families have been forced by courts to pay up for the kid's education.

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.

33 posted on 03/03/2014 3:18:40 PM PST by grania
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To: Beave Meister
12....14...16...17,yup,she has a case.18? No way,Jose!
34 posted on 03/03/2014 3:18:46 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He needs to appeal that immediately. He had a shitty attorney.


35 posted on 03/03/2014 3:20:21 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Jaime Inglesino is the villain in this scenario. I hope the judge drop kicks him out of his court.
36 posted on 03/03/2014 3:22:36 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Beave Meister

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.


37 posted on 03/03/2014 3:23:33 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Beave Meister

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.


38 posted on 03/03/2014 3:23:35 PM PST by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: GeronL
No kid can expect their parents to fund their college against their wishes.

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?

39 posted on 03/03/2014 3:26:52 PM PST by Robwin
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To: momtothree
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!

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.

40 posted on 03/03/2014 3:29:26 PM PST by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This standard in most states.


41 posted on 03/03/2014 3:29:46 PM PST by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: NEMDF

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.


42 posted on 03/03/2014 3:32:29 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
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.

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.

43 posted on 03/03/2014 3:33:19 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: taxcontrol

Unless you have to buy them health insurance.


44 posted on 03/03/2014 3:34:19 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Beave Meister

The family is what it is, probably issues on both sides.

I blame this idiot lawyer for misusing the legal system.


45 posted on 03/03/2014 3:37:57 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: max americana

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!


46 posted on 03/03/2014 3:41:02 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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This is why it needs to be specifically spelled out in the divorce decree when the child support ends

It did, and the Friend of the Court is nobody's friend.........

47 posted on 03/03/2014 3:41:49 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: longfellowsmuse

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.


48 posted on 03/03/2014 3:43:24 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

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.


49 posted on 03/03/2014 3:45:50 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: Beave Meister

Better watch what she wishes for. If legal precedence is set her own kids just may bite her with the same thing.


50 posted on 03/03/2014 3:47:22 PM PST by jughandle
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