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Judge Rules Against Teen Who Sued Parents for Financial Support

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2014 Mar 05
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A New Jersey honor student suing her parents in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit had her motions for financial support, including high school tuition payment, denied by a judge who said it would set a bad precedent by setting limits on parenting.

Rachel Canning, 18, of Morris Catholic High School, was denied her requests for child support of $654 a week as well as thousands of dollars in attorney fees and immediate reimbursement of her high school tuition.

Canning claims her parents threw her out of their home two days before her 18th birthday in late October, although her parents insist she moved voluntarily.

Canning’s father told The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter left home of her own accord because she didn’t want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores.

Legal experts say that the rare case, if successful, could evoke similar suits in the future. Jeralyn Lawrence, the incoming Family Law Section chair for the New Jersey Bar Association, said: “This could open the floodgates of recalcitrant kids fighting with their parents, moving out and then suing for them to keep paying.”

Another hearing to decide whether to require her parents to pay for Canning’s college tuition is tentatively scheduled for April 22.

Source: Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/03/05/new-jersey-teen-sues-parents-for-support-claiming-was-kicked-out-home/?intcmp=latestnews