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New Jersey teen sues parents for monetary relief after not following their rules

New Jersey court to hear teenager suing parents for money
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According to news reports today, March 4, a New Jersey teenager is suing her parents after they threw her out of their home, and cut her off from monetary support due to her unwillingness to follow their household rules.

Apparently the parents argue the case is baseless, because it's simply that their daughter has refused to follow their house rules, and left on her own accord. The parents said, the rules are the easiest to follow like; being "respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores."

But the teenager, who is an 18-year-old, a honor student at a private Catholic high school doesn't agree. In fact Rachel Canning states that her parents kicked her out a few days shy of turning 18, even though she has not finished high school yet, and they told her she is on her own. Rachel isn't the only one saying this. Rachel's older sister has confirmed this story and said, Rachel was in fact forced out.

This has left Rachel without funds to pay for her school tuition. But the private high school personnel said, if her 2014 tuition isn't paid, they will not be looking to kick her out since they know her situation.

Rachel's father is a former Lincoln Park police chief, but now works as the Mount Olive town administrator. He confirmed his wife and him do have a few typical disagreements on how to handle the kids, but they both agree "their door is wide open" for her to come home.

Although Rachel claims she was thrown out without money to live on her own or pay bills, especially for her private high school tuition, Ms. Canning found refuge at her best friends house.

But how does Rachel have money to pay for a lawyer?

It just so happens that her best friends father, John Inglesino, is paying for the lawsuit, according to newspaper reports.

Could this set a precedent that kids who disagree with their parents on any level can leave home and legally have their parents pay their bills?

Chair of The Family Law Section, Jeralyn Lawrence said, yes, and it just depends how this case goes.

Both child and parents are to show up in court on Tuesday in Morristown to hear what the judge has to say on the merits of this case.

The question remains, if there is not a real danger or threat to the girl's life, like mental or physical abuse are the parents still on the hook to pay her bills?