In bad news for spoiled teens everywhere, a New Jersey court has ruled that the parents of 18-year-old Rachel Canning won’t have to pay her legal fees, the rest of her private school tuition bill, or $US650 in weekly child support.
Judge Peter Bogaard, making the ruling on Tuesday night, said:
“We have to ask ourselves, do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in constant fear of enforcing the basic rules of the house?”
Judge Bogaard also suggested he didn’t want to set a precedent that would allow entitled kids to sue when they didn’t get everything they asked for.
“Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-olds to sue for an iPhone?,” he said.
Cheerleader and honours student Canning is still seeking a ruling that she’s not emancipated from her parents. If she wins that when the case next goes to court in April, her parents will be obligated to financially support her.
Previously Mamamia reported…
Well, this one’s a doozy.
One family’s dinner-table fights are making headlines across the world, after an American teenager decided to sue her parents for financial support after ‘running away from home’.
Rachel Canning, a high school senior, says her parents threw her out of home when she turned 18. Her father, Sean Canning, says that she was an “incredibly rebellious teen” who ran away when given an ultimatum between following house rules and dumping her boyfriend, or leaving the house.
Rachel’s parents wanted her to dump her boyfriend because they thought he was a ‘bad influence’ – so that one’s a bit subjective – but the rest of the rules Rachel refused to abide by, included doing chores and keeping a curfew, seem pretty legit.
Since the alleged “abandonment”, Rachel has been living with the family of one of her friends – and in fact, the father of that household is funding her lawsuit and paying the fees of Rachel’s attorney, Tanya N. Helfand.
Helfand is asking that Rachel’s parents pay an outstanding debt of $5,306 to her former high school, pay Rachel’s living/transportation costs and commit to a college education fund.
Rachel’s father, Sean Canning, says that Rachel is being “enabled” by her friend’s family, who probably mean well but don’t understand the circumstances of her leaving home.