The New Jersey high school student who sued her parents for not paying her college tuition is moving back into their home. A press conference held on Wednesday announced the change after the urging of a “swift and amicable” resolution from a new lawyer the parents of Rachel Canning hired.
Canning, 18, has returned home to her parents and siblings. Angelo Sarno, Sean and Elizabeth Canning’s new lawyer, guarantees that her return is not due to “any financial and/or other considerations.” Rachel had been living with her friend from Catholic school, Jaime Inglesino. Jaime’s father, John Inglesino, is a lawyer and partner with Inglesino, Wyciskala, and Taylor, LLC in Parsippany, N.J. He had been financially supporting Rachel’s endeavor against her parents.
Canning claims that she was abandoned by her parents once she turned 18 and was forced to move out of their home. She notes that they are refusing to pay her college tuition even though she received several acceptance letters from colleges. Sean and Elizabeth Canning claim their daughter was not forced out, but chose to move out on her own accord. She refused to follow house rules, abide by the curfew, do her chores, and continued to behave badly, according to the Cannings.
Since Canning decided to take action against her parents, their private lives have exploded into national news. During the court hearing, both sides raised arguments that contradicted the other’s claims. Canning’s parents urged the Inglesinos to stay out of their personal family business as they alleged that John and his wife, Amy, gave their daughter her first taste of alcohol at 15.
The Cannings also came armed with evidence: a photo of Rachel at one of the Inglesino family’s many parties with empty vodka bottles in the background. “The Inglesinos have actually been a tremendous hindrance in family healing,” said Sean Canning. He also alleged that Rachel is “enabled by the Inglesino family who have arrogantly stated that their brand of parenting is somehow superior,” and that they just want Rachel to move back in even if she is suing them.
Meanwhile, the Cannings’ new lawyer, Sarno, declared that the case had no grounds. “Government cannot police the day-to-day financial affairs of parents and their children while the family is intact.” There is little precedence set for a case like this, as items such as college tuition usually come up when the parents are separated or divorced.
The Catholic school honor student moved out of her parents home on Oct. 30, just days before her 18th birthday. She filed for declaration of non-emancipation, which is a separation from her family while still remaining financially dependent on them. Canning demanded her parents pay her college tuition, the remainder of her private school tuition, living expenses, and hand over the existing college fund her parents had set up.
At the hearing on Tuesday, the judge denied Canning any monetary award, and urged the family to enroll in family therapy to resolve their issues. Due to her failure to receive any immediate support, along with the Cannings’ new lawyer, Canning has decided to move back in with the parents she is suing. The impending April 22 trial date is unlikely to come to fruition.
By Nathan Rohenkohl