Girl Sues Parents, A Morris County honor student and her parents will go before a family court judge today over the teen’s living expenses, even though she moved out when she turned 18 last year.
The Daily Record first reported that the Morris Catholic High School senior filed her lawsuit last week, claiming they are still financially responsible for her.
Rachel Canning claims her parents threw her out, but her parents say she left on her own after refusing to follow family rules.
Her father, retired Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, says one of those rules included a 1:30 a.m. curfew.
“I think she’s got a lot of growing up to do,” says a neighbor. “She’s awfully empowered with delusional thoughts.”
Family law attorney Ken White says it won’t be easy for a judge to weed through what could be very emotional arguments. “There is an underlying principle that a child is best served having a relationship with his or her parents,” he says.
News 12 New Jersey reached out to the lawyer representing Rachel Canning, but she declined a chance to be interviewed. The lawyer is reported to have been retained by the family with whom the teen has been staying.
Sean Canning believes that family is only making things worse. “She’s been enabled by I’m sure well-meaning people, but it’s the worst advice she could have,” he says. “She has a loving home, she has a mother and father who loved her, two sisters, two dogs and you know, we’re a normal house.”