Girl Sues Parents to Force Them to Pay for College
NEW YORK (MainStreet) A high school honor student whose father says she left home voluntarily in October is suing her parents for financial support and to force them to pay for her college education. Rachel Canning is suing for "abandonment," saying her parents threw her out of their house when she turned 18. Her father, a former police chief, says his daughter wouldn't abide by "reasonable household rules" and instead decided to live with the family of her best friend.
The girl's father, Sean Canning, tells The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter refused to be respectful, keep a curfew and do household chores. The parents are also asking that she "reconsider" or end a relationship with a boyfriend they believe to be a bad influence.
Rachel Canning's suit seeks payment of current living and transportation expenses, the payment of Catholic high school tuition totaling over $5,000 and the commitment of an existing college fund to the daughter, as well as mounting legal fees, totaling nearly $13,000 so far.
"My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules," Rachel says in the court filing. "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."
The lawsuit is being funded by John Inglesino, the father of Rachel Canning's best friend Jaime Inglesino.
"We love our child and miss her," Sean Canning wrote in a Facebook post. "This is terrible. It's killing me and my wife. We have a child we want home. We're not Draconian and now we're getting hauled into court. She's demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn't want to live at home and she's saying, 'I don't want to live under your rules.'"
--Written by Hal M. Bundrick for MainStreet