The eighteen-year-old girl who sued her parents for child support and tuition has lost her case. The judge’s reasoning for denying her support was that the case, if won, would set a bad precedent on limits for parenting, which could lead to a flood of these kinds of cases.
Rachel Canning insisted in court that her parents kicked her out of their house 2 days before her eighteenth birthday back in October. Her parents, including former Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, say that the teen left on her own because she didn’t want to follow basic rules of their household like doing chores, being respectful, and the curfew, according to Fox News.
Ms. Canning was asking for $654 per week in child support and for her parents to pay tuition to her catholic high school for the remainder of the year. A new case, tentatively scheduled for April 22nd, will determine if her parents will have to pay for her college or not. Rachel has already been accepted to several colleges for next year.
The judge in the case, Morris County Court Judge Peter Bogaard, did rule that her parents will keep Rachel on their health insurance policy and that they will continue to contribute to her college savings account.
Sean Canning paints a picture of a bit of a spoiled brat, saying that their expectations were very reasonable, perhaps even too lenient.
“I’m 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 I’ve ever been at my home, that’s for sure.”
He just wishes the whole thing was over, and that Rachel would come back home. Her parents both want her to be a part of their family again.
“This whole thing is just destroying our family,” he said. “We love our daughter. She’s our pride and joy. The door is wide open. We want her to come home.”
What do you think? Is this the latest manifestation of the “entitlement generation” or do you believe that Rachel Canning deserves to have her family’s financial support?
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