Skip to comments.New Jersey honor student sues parents for school fees after they cut her off at age 18
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 shes 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 doesnt live by their house rules and left the home because she didnt 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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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.
I wonder if she is on their medical insurance policy? If not, she can sue for that too.
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!
Parents should rewrite their will while they are at it...
Scares the crap out of me that this lawsuit was not shot down at the filing clerk’s desk.
She can go down the street and register in a public school.
Rachel may be an ‘honor’ student, but it doesn’t look like she’s learned much.
“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.
If the court doesn’t toss this, then there is no hope for our nation.
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.
Looking for free birth control meds too I’ll bet.
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.
So she has accrued $12,597 in legal bills and yet this is her first day in court. That's pure BS.
Or this Tanya Helfand who’s representing her. All I can find online is that she’s a divorce lawyer and an NYU grad.
“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.
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.
RE: I think John Inglesino should have stayed out of it.
There is MORE to this lawsuit than meets the eye...
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.
You know, that struck me too. Kind of odd. I wonder.
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.
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
Absolutely. This guys is a villain enabling her attitude.
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.
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.
.....”I have to wonder how he is benefiting from all this drama.”
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.
RE: She apparently refused and is shacked up with him at his daddys house.
And the daddy allows this?
yeah....great “Catholic” school, eh?
Sounds like sweetie was shtupping one of his kids...
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.
At least he waited until she was legal age.(Or did he?)
Don’t blame the spoiled brat kid, blame the punk attorney Tanya Helfand for taking the case.
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 havent signed additional checks since Rachel left the familys home. Administrators at the school have said they wont 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.
Im 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 Ive ever been at my home, thats 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, Ive never seen anything like this, Brian Schwartz, chairman of the New Jersey Bar Associations 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.
Needs to join one of those sugar daddy web sites, and relieve her father of the duty.
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.
The judge will make sure this gets settled out of court.
Google is forever.......This will not look good when potential employers do a background check.
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.
the REAL question - would Laz hit it?
Sorry for the cynicism.
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.