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Rachel Canning, teen who sued parents for tuition, returns home

The New Jersey teenager moved out of her parent's house more than four months ago, but sued for continued child support.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   March 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM
Rachel Canning prompted a media frenzy when she moved out of her parent's house and decided to sue them for $654 in weekly child support and additional funds for college tuition.

But after speaking to her mother, the 18-year-old decided to return to her parents' New Jersey home in the hopes of a reconciliation.

Rachel's "return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," Sean and Elizabeth Canning's attorney, Angelo Sarno, said in a statement.

Rachel moved out of her parents' Lincoln Park home more than four months ago and moved in with her best friend, whose father, attorney John Inglesino, has financed the legal case against the Cannings.

“My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules,” Rachel said in court documents. “They stopped paying my high school tuition to punish the school and me and have redirected my college fund, indicating their refusal to afford me an education as a punishment.”

Last week, Judge Peter Bogaard refused to approve an emergency order that would have required the Cannings to pay their daughter.

"What would the next step be? Are we going to condone a 12-year-old to sue for an Xbox?" he said.

Tanya Helfand, Rachel's lawyer, said that the teen's return home may have been forced by her parents.

"Just a few days ago Rachel Canning indicated that she could not go back home with her parents and she required a promise of some financial assistance going forward," Helfand said. "Now, after speaking with her mother yesterday, she said she is waiving her complaint and is receiving no promises or consideration in return. The court did not determine if she is emancipated or not. A psychologist certified that the parents are abusive. School faculty certified that the parents abused the child."

[NJ.com, Daily Record]

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