Student Files Lawsuit Against Her Parents for College Tuition
New Jersey high school senior Rachel Canning is attempting to sue her mom and dad for financial support. Her case alleges that her parents forced her out of her home and she has no way to provide for herself. In her suit she's requested that her parents pay the remainder of her private high school tuition, give her 0 a week and commit to paying her college tuition and any legal expenses she'll incur during this process. The judge ruled that her parents did not need to pay any fees or offer weekly support, but delayed ruling on the college tuition part of the suit.
Despite Rachel Canning's claim that her parents kicked her out, her father Sean Canning says Rachel ran away from home in October because she didn't want to follow their guidelines. "Living in our house, there's rules," he said. One such regulation required Rachel to stop seeing her boyfriend after the pair were suspended from school for truancy. That's when Rachel allegedly chose to leave.
Judge Peter Bogaard commented on the situation saying, "What kind of parents would the Cannings be if they didn't set down some strict rules?" He also asked Rachel's lawyer whether it was wise to "establish precedent where parents live in fear of establishing rules of the house." Rachel maintained that she left the house because it was an unsafe environment. "I have been subjected to severe verbal and physical abuse by my mother and father," she wrote in a statement. "I am not willingly and voluntarily leaving a reasonable situation at home to make my own decisions. I had to leave to end the abuse."
With a majority of Rachel's case thrown out, her hope is to receive a positive ruling on her college tuition request. The next hearing is set for April 22.
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