Rachel Canning and her parents are involved in a family feud in New Jersey. Rachel Canning, 18, is suing her parents asserts that her parents kicked her out of the house, and now she wants her parents to pay for her college education. The parents, according to a CBS report on Tuesday, simply cannot believe what is happening.
Rachel’s father, who is a former police chief in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, says he’s dumbfounded, as well as his wife and other daughters. Currently, Rachel is an honor student and cheerleader at Morris Catholic High School in Denville.
Rachel claims that, when she turned 18 years of age, her parents abandoned and have refused to pay for her college education – in spite of the fact that she has been accepted by a number of universities.
Her father, however, says that is not quite the way things went down. He says that his daughter Rachel is a good kid, an incredibly rebellious teen, and that she is getting some terrible information. Of Rachel and this situation, he said that she ran away from home last November because she didn’t want to follow the rules of the house. The father said that there are rules to living in his house including minor chores, curfews. He says that the curfew is usually after 11 o’clock at night.
During the family squabble, Rachel is at her best friend’s house – where attorney John Inglesino lives. Inglesino is providing the funds needed for Rachel’s lawsuit. The attorney believes that the young lady needs to sue to be able to go to a college conducive to her becoming a biomedical engineer. Her first choice of schools is the University of Vermont.
Confusing the story more, Sean Canning claims he is not refusing to pay for his daughter’s schooling. He also says that Rachel was not thrown out. His version of the story is that Rachel was given the option of giving up her boyfriend or getting out. He also says that Inglesino is interfering by paying more than $12,000 on the lawsuit – and he believes Inglesino is a bad influence on Rachel at this point.
By law, a parent has an obligation to support a child who cannot support themselves, financially. The other question is: doesn’t a parent have the right to enforce reasonable rules in their own home?
The court date for this case is Tuesday.