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New Jersey honor student sues parents for school fees after they cut her off at age 18
New York Daily News ^ | 03/03/2014 | BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN

Posted on 03/04/2014 6:37:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind

An 18-year-old New Jersey honor student and cheerleader has been tossed from her parents’ Lincoln Park home, but demands that her mother and father continue to pay her private high school and impending college costs — as well as her mounting lawyer fees, according to her lawsuit.

Rachel Canning claims she’s been out of her parents’ home since her 18th birthday, Nov. 1, after her parents vowed to cut her off “from all support both financially and emotionally.”

But Sean and Elizabeth Canning say their “spoiled” college-bound daughter doesn’t live by their house rules and left the home because she didn’t like the law of the land — overseen by her father, a former Lincoln Park police chief.

The Morris Catholic High School senior and lacrosse player instead has lived at the Rockaway, N.J., home of a classmate, whose father, John Inglesino, has foot the bill for the suit.

“My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules,” Rachel said in her court papers, according to The Daily Record of Morristown, N.J. “They stopped paying my high school tuition to punish the school and me and have redirected my college fund, indicating their refusal to afford me an education as a punishment.”

Canning filed suit last week and is scheduled to appear with her attorney, Tanya Helfand, at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Morristown Family Court. The teen will demand her parents pay a Morris Catholic tuition bill of $5,306 as well as $12,597 in accrued legal fees.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: college; lawsuit; nj; rachelcanning; tuition
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1 posted on 03/04/2014 6:37:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh...the poor baby. Will she spend her life whining because the world does not bow to her every whim. I hope the parents counter-sue this fool.


2 posted on 03/04/2014 6:41:11 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if she is on their medical insurance policy? If not, she can sue for that too.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 6:41:27 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dad has always said the best thing about me was that I left home at 17 and never came back, LOL! (Unfortunately for him, I’ll be picking out his Nursing Home. Tee-Hee!)

Man, they’ve got their hands full with THIS brat!


4 posted on 03/04/2014 6:41:34 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Parents should rewrite their will while they are at it...


5 posted on 03/04/2014 6:43:12 AM PST by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scares the crap out of me that this lawsuit was not shot down at the filing clerk’s desk.


6 posted on 03/04/2014 6:45:03 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Exactly.


7 posted on 03/04/2014 6:48:16 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: SeekAndFind

She can go down the street and register in a public school.


8 posted on 03/04/2014 6:49:10 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Rachel may be an ‘honor’ student, but it doesn’t look like she’s learned much.


9 posted on 03/04/2014 6:50:28 AM PST by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rachel Canning, 18, claims her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, threw her out of their Lincoln Park, N.J., home last year and stopped paying for her private high school, where she excelled as a cheerleader and lacrosse player. But Sean Canning says Rachel left voluntarily after she refused to abide by simple rules of the house
10 posted on 03/04/2014 6:51:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Kozak

“Parents should rewrite their will while they are at it..”

I never thought about that but you are so right! Any “daughter” that would take her parents to court DEMANDING her right to private school and college (all while refusing to live by simple guidelines concerning curfew etc) is the type of child that could do the unspeakable. Rewrite the will and immediately inform her that she won’t get a single dime.


11 posted on 03/04/2014 6:53:28 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Paulie
RE: Rachel may be an ‘honor’ student, but it doesn’t look like she’s learned much.

I wonder if her parents have this bumper sticker. I see it a lot here in NY:
12 posted on 03/04/2014 6:53:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: momtothree
Rewrite the will and immediately inform her that she won’t get a single dime.

Not actually possible in all states. I know a guy who wanted to do this. He had to move to Florida in order to make it happen.


13 posted on 03/04/2014 6:54:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: hal ogen

If the court doesn’t toss this, then there is no hope for our nation.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 6:55:15 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: SeekAndFind

Honor roll students with crappy morals are why the county’s in the state it’s in.

Honestly dumb people aren’t capable of creating so much damage.


15 posted on 03/04/2014 6:55:37 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Paulie
To spite these parents, I probably will use these bumper stickers from now on...


16 posted on 03/04/2014 6:57:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Looking for free birth control meds too I’ll bet.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 6:58:33 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Honor roll students with crappy morals are why the county’s in the state it’s in.

18 posted on 03/04/2014 6:58:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Buckeye McFrog

She’s currently living at a “friend’s” parents home.The father of the “friend” hired the lawyer for her,etc.I have to wonder how he is benefiting from all this drama.


19 posted on 03/04/2014 6:58:50 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind
Canning filed suit last week and is scheduled to appear with her attorney, Tanya Helfand, at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Morristown Family Court. The teen will demand her parents pay a Morris Catholic tuition bill of $5,306 as well as $12,597 in accrued legal fees.

So she has accrued $12,597 in legal bills and yet this is her first day in court. That's pure BS.

20 posted on 03/04/2014 7:00:21 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Farmer Dean

Or this Tanya Helfand who’s representing her. All I can find online is that she’s a divorce lawyer and an NYU grad.


21 posted on 03/04/2014 7:00:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: hal ogen

“home of a classmate, whose father, John Inglesino, has foot the bill for the suit.”

So the neighbor/friends father is paying for this. I think this is more of the key and what is going on here.

How many of you would pay some other child to sue their parents?

I think John Inglesino should have stayed out of it.


22 posted on 03/04/2014 7:01:14 AM PST by edcoil (Realism is only a socially accepted form of pessimism)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Well, it IS New Jersey and litigation, laws and over-regulation are the biggest business there. Ask any of the attorney-lobbyists masquerading as legislators in Trenton.


23 posted on 03/04/2014 7:02:45 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: edcoil

RE: I think John Inglesino should have stayed out of it.

There is MORE to this lawsuit than meets the eye...


24 posted on 03/04/2014 7:03:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Its not unnoticed by me that Commiecare requires health plans to cover children up to age 25.

In the future, look for a similar requirement on car insurance. Also, once the federal government completely seizes control of the student loan system, I expect them to a) give loans to anybody b) require parents to co-sign, under threat of tax penalty.

Forecasting 25 years into the future - if a 24 y/o woman gets pregnant with a downs syndrome baby and has no proof of income, the baseline government requirement will be abortion, unless the woman’s parents commit their income to the child’s care.

The socialist genie has been out of the bottle for a while. The socialists think the government owns all the money, and allows use to have some of it. And they certainly think the collective has more authority over children than parents do.


25 posted on 03/04/2014 7:03:39 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Farmer Dean

You know, that struck me too. Kind of odd. I wonder.


26 posted on 03/04/2014 7:03:56 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: lacrew

Germany has some kind of goofy law like this. You can be on the hook for your child’s educational expenses up till age 30.

And California. Courts have ordered divorced dads whose kids could easily enroll in the state university system to foot the tuition bill at Harvard.


27 posted on 03/04/2014 7:05:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Farmer Dean

The sad thing is my brother and sister are suing my 87 yo mother for their inheritance and she is still alive. Long story but they are both in their sixties and she is a well known writer of childrens books.

I am so sick of lawyers and the court system


28 posted on 03/04/2014 7:06:01 AM PST by 54skylark
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To: edcoil
I think John Inglesino should have stayed out of it.

Absolutely. This guys is a villain enabling her attitude.

29 posted on 03/04/2014 7:07:06 AM PST by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: 11th Commandment

I think he is her boyfriend’s father. The parents had told her to dump the boyfriend. She apparently refused and is shacked up with him at his daddy’s house.


30 posted on 03/04/2014 7:08:11 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Really? I mean it is the parents money and assets. Some states don’t allow them to write a family member out? Wow... that is sort of frightening to me. Maybe they can leave her a dollar (if that is a way to get out of it). My concern is that she is has removed herself from her family so far... that her disdain for them is clear.


31 posted on 03/04/2014 7:08:12 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Farmer Dean

.....”I have to wonder how he is benefiting from all this drama.”
*********************
Guess!


32 posted on 03/04/2014 7:09:21 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: 54skylark

That is truly sad. Just the sort of stress an 87 year old does not need. My wife has had some similar horror stories in her extended family. I personally could not imagine suing a family member.


33 posted on 03/04/2014 7:10:01 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

RE: She apparently refused and is shacked up with him at his daddy’s house.

And the daddy allows this?


34 posted on 03/04/2014 7:10:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

yeah....great “Catholic” school, eh?


35 posted on 03/04/2014 7:11:45 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like sweetie was shtupping one of his kids...


36 posted on 03/04/2014 7:12:15 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Buckeye McFrog

We don’t know the relevant details.

She isn’t entitled to demand any money from her parents. She is now an adult.

But if the college fund referred to was set up by, say, deceased grandparents then the parents are trying to withhold an inheritance the girl is entitled to.

That part would have merit.


37 posted on 03/04/2014 7:12:32 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: mongo141

At least he waited until she was legal age.(Or did he?)


38 posted on 03/04/2014 7:13:46 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t blame the spoiled brat kid, blame the punk attorney Tanya Helfand for taking the case.


39 posted on 03/04/2014 7:16:09 AM PST by lesko
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To: SeekAndFind
There is MORE to this lawsuit than meets the eye...

I google the topic. First it is amazing that the same story appears at different sites, but with different bylines.. But I digress. At FOX News, the story had some other coverage..

Canning is seeking her parents to be ordered to immediately pay tuition at Morris Catholic High School, where she attends as a senior. Her parents have already paid tuition through Dec. 31, but haven’t signed additional checks since Rachel left the family’s home. Administrators at the school have said they won’t kick her out for unpaid 2014 tuition, The New York Post reports.

Canning told the newspaper he and his wife have disagreed on typical family issues.

“I’m a liberal, liberal parent,” he said. “I wish I could have grown up in my house. I was tougher on my cops at work than I’ve ever been at my home, that’s for sure.”

Legal experts told The Post that the rare case, if successful, could evoke similar suits in the future.

“In my 20 years of practicing family law in New Jersey, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Brian Schwartz, chairman of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Family Law Section, told the newspaper.

Jeralyn Lawrence, the incoming Family Law Section chair, said: “This could open the floodgates of recalcitrant kids fighting with their parents, moving out and then suing for them to keep paying.”

40 posted on 03/04/2014 7:18:52 AM PST by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: SeekAndFind

Needs to join one of those sugar daddy web sites, and relieve her father of the duty.


41 posted on 03/04/2014 7:20:38 AM PST by dagogo redux
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To: lesko

When I lived in Michigan in the pre-cell phone era, a well-to-do local school district removed all of the pay phones form their high school to stop all the spoiled chillin’ from calling their punk attorneys with complaints during recess.


42 posted on 03/04/2014 7:22:34 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

The judge will make sure this gets settled out of court.


43 posted on 03/04/2014 7:28:37 AM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: SeekAndFind

Google is forever.......This will not look good when potential employers do a background check.


44 posted on 03/04/2014 7:30:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kozak
"Parents should rewrite their will while they are at it..."

leave her a dollar, so she can't claim of being locked out, leave the rest to charity.....and to protect themselves from 'estate-driven accidents', mail her a copy - return receipt. that way she knows she has nothing to gain by the demise of her folks.

45 posted on 03/04/2014 7:31:19 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SeekAndFind; Lazamataz

the REAL question - would Laz hit it?


46 posted on 03/04/2014 7:32:12 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Farmer Dean
I would say he is probably banging her.

Sorry for the cynicism.

47 posted on 03/04/2014 7:40:27 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can see where they may be bound to pay for high school, since they likely signed a contract with the school at registration. If there is college fund money in her name, she may have the legal right to that, as well. Lots of details missing before everybody knee-jerk reacts to the headline.


48 posted on 03/04/2014 7:43:36 AM PST by Homer1
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To: SeekAndFind
One positive aspect of this absurd case is that even if the ridiculous outcome happens and Rachel Canning wins her case, her reputation is already out there for anyone with internet access. Would any professor want her in his/her class, knowing that if she doesn't get her way, she may sue? How about a future employer? Would any sane employer want to hire this spoiled brat? Call it reaping what you sow. Call it karma. Regardless, she really can't win in the end.
49 posted on 03/04/2014 7:49:09 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: Paulie
Rachel may be an ‘honor’ student, but it doesn’t look like she’s learned much.


She learned the only get rich quick scheme that works in America: The Lawsuit.
50 posted on 03/04/2014 7:51:19 AM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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