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N.J. teen sues parents for college tuition

- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2014

A New Jersey honor student is suing her parents for financial support after she says they threw her out of the house when she was 18.

Rachel Canning, a senior at Morris Catholic High School in Denville, filed her lawsuit last week, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported.

She wants a judge to declare that she's non-emancipated and dependent as a student on her parents for support.

Miss Canning's lawyer, Tanya N. Helfand, will ask that parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning settle an outstanding $5,306 Morris Catholic tuition bill, pay for their daughter's current living and transportation expenses, and commit an existing college fund to their daughter, the Daily Record said.

Judge Peter Bogaard has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday.

Sean Canning, a retired Lincoln Park police chief, told the newspaper that his daughter voluntarily left home in October because she didn't want to abide by the rules, such as keeping a curfew and doing household chores.

"We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It's killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We're not draconian and now we're getting hauled into court," Sean Canning said. "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.'"

In recent months, Rachel Canning has been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend, whose father, John Inglesino, is funding the lawsuit, the Daily Record reported.

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