‘Spoiled’ Teenager, Rachel Canning, Moves Out and Sues Parents for Support

Rachel Canning

 Another case of how crazy the world can get is the story of a New Jersey teenager who is suing her parents. Claiming she was forced out of their home, the teen feels she is entitled to financial support to cover private-school tuition, automobile and room and board.

Rachel Canning, a Morris Catholic High School senior, claims that mom and pop are still responsible for her despite the fact that she left home two days before her 18th birthday. The oldest daughter of Sean and Elizabeth Canning claims she was forced out. Her parents maintain that Rachel left of her own freewill.

Rachel, a cheerleader at the school, is crying “abandonment” by her parents. Her dad insists that Rachel is a “spoiled” liar and didn’t seem to understand the age-old maxim of, “As long as you live in my house, you will follow my rules.”

The whole trouble started on November 1, 2013, when Rachel left her home in Morris County, New Jersey to go and stay with a friend and the friend’s family. The teen states that her folks sent her packing by cutting her off “emotionally and financially.”

According to her father, Rachel left after she refused to do her chores, return items belonging to her sister and be respectful to other family members. “We love our child…” said Canning. “This is killing me and my wife.”

Court papers filed by the teenager say that her parents stopped paying high school tuition to “punish” the school and have “redirected” the teen’s college fund. Rachel believes that this indicates a refusal on her parent’s part to afford her an education.

Morris Catholic High School, where Rachel attends, is taking the side of the grade A student. According to school personnel, her parents already owe $5306. With late fees added on since the feud started, the bill might go even higher. Rachel, who aspires to be a biomedical engineer, filed the lawsuit last week in Superior Court seeking a judge’s decision that she is non-emancipated and dependent on her parents for support.

Both sides of this dispute will stand before Morristown Judge Peter Bogaard later today. Tanya Helfand, Rachel Canning’s attorney, will be asking that Rachel’s parents be order to settle the tuition bill at the school as well as cover Rachel’s living expenses.

The parents had already covered tuition up to December 31 of last year, but haven’t taken out the checkbook since Rachel left. Morris Catholic administrators says that Rachel is still attending the school and won’t kick her out for unpaid tuition.

School president, Michael St. Pierre, wrote to the court that Rachel has superb grades and “…will not be removed…” from the school for nonpayment. However, the school is holding her parents responsible for the contractual obligation to pay.

Since the dispute started between the “spoiled” teenager and her parents, Rachel has been living in Rockaway with a friend from school, Jaime Inglesino. Inglesino’s father, John Inglesino is covering the cost of the lawsuit and has also filed a request with the court that Rachel’s parents pay their daughters legal fees that total so far $12,597.

While many teens have probably thought about suing their parents, sources say that Rachel Canning is the first to do it in a long time.

By Jerry Nelson

Australia News
LA Times

5 Responses to "‘Spoiled’ Teenager, Rachel Canning, Moves Out and Sues Parents for Support"

  1. barbara smyrl   March 7, 2014 at 4:28 am

    This is what is called Tough Love – the parents are doing what’s best for their child . There is no mention of the “boyfriend” who plays a part in this……

  2. Jo   March 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Time for ms.thing to get a job! Her parents owe nothing,she is 18 wants to be on her own, so be an adult and get a job.

  3. spoiled rachel c   March 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    this 18 year old is STUPID and UGLY- she brought something so simple upon herself…she will reap what she sows….. so at the end she basically will have NOTHING! did she everthink about that? How dare you do this to your parents. You want to sue them well how about they also sue you from the moment they found out they would have a child go and do this to them. Pay your parents everything you owe them from the first moment they found out you were going to be born and see how that goes…..they OWE YOU NOTHING…yeah abusive, ED, emotional yadda yadda…grow up, better off go throw up!

  4. Growup   March 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Go home, pitch in..stop being a brat. If u don’t like it there then get a job…college is not the magical cure for what ails you. Pathetic that you sued your parents.

  5. cb   March 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Rachel,you are a beautiful young lady – I am sending you this in case it could help you re: your situation.A news article said- “Canning claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home when she turned 18. Canning’s father, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning, tells The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter voluntarily left home in October because she didn’t want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores.” (So sounds like maybe a misunderstanding mentioned above),that could be quickly solved without having to sue & without paying court fees ..Seems your parents love you dearly, as always & I hope you can resolve this & your relationship with your parents healed without going to court..(Just a thought..all the best to you)..(Sometimes people may need to go to court, but better to try to avoid it if possible.) I hope you will please consider this & some Bible scriptures: Reconciling with Your Adversary. Luke 12: 57-58 “And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right? For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge,..” Matthew 5:24-25 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way,”
    In Settling conflicts-
    1.Go directly and privately to the brother or sister to discuss the problem.
    2.If he or she will not listen, take one or two witnesses. (Hopefully very trusted & kind people.)
    3.If he or she still refuses to listen, take the matter to the church leadership.
    Just a thought..All the best to you..


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