Height of Entitlement? Woman Sues Parents to Pay Her Bills and Legal Fees


Is this the height of entitlement? A New Jersey woman, Rachel Canning, is suing her parents so they will pay her private school tuition and college bills even though she has moved out of the family home because she refused to follow their rules, says her father. She is also demanding they pay for her expensive legal fees. Canning, 18, is an honor student at Morris Catholic High School. Her parents say she moved out of the family home and into the home of a friend because she didn’t want to abide by her parents’ laws. Her father says Canning consistently refused to obey such guidelines as keeping a curfew, doing her chores and being respectful, among others. He says she willingly moved out of their house and is now demanding they foot the bill both for her ongoing high school and for her future college plans.

Canning says she left because her parents cut her off financially and that they should pay for her legal fees, private school, transportation costs and her college tuition. She says they threw her out of the house and that even though she is 18 and legally an adult, her parents are responsible for supporting her financially. There are no reports that Canning plans on returning to the home, yet her parents have stated to the media that they desperately want their daughter to move back in with them and follow the household rules.

The family of Canning’s friend, with whom she is living, have been paying for her lawsuit, and the bills resulting from that suit now total over $12,000. Canning is also demanding that her parents pay that bill as well. The Catholic high school Canning attends is also demanding that her parents pay her tuition for her, citing the fact that she has “good grades” and is not able to financially support herself on her own. Is it the height of entitlement for a woman to sue her parents to pay her bills including her legal fees, and for everyone in her life to support her decision to drag her parents to court?

Last fall, Canning told her school that she was being “abused” at home, and the school called the authorities. According to Canning’s mother, when the social worker arrived at the home to assess the situation, she found Canning to be “spoiled” and thus, no further action was taken against Canning’s parents.

According to the family Canning is staying with, Canning deserves to have all of her bills paid because she is a good communicator and has a bright future ahead of her. Some have said Canning may be very good at charming those around her into paying her way; everyone, that is, except for her own parents, who, she claims, suddenly abandoned her for no reason at all.

It’s been well documented by numerous social commentators that American Millennials seem to be the most entitled, spoiled generation, but this is perhaps the height of entitlement. Canning is legally an adult who is choosing to live with another family; a family who has agreed to pay her legal fees. Her parents have made a public plea for her return to their home; a plea she has ignored. Some are saying that only in America would this kind of entitlement be accepted by anyone. Does Canning represent the height of entitlement in suing her parents to pay her bills, including her legal fees, or are her parents shirking their responsibilities in an unethical manner? Another hearing is scheduled later this morning in Morristown, PA.

By: Rebecca Savastio


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