CAMDEN, N.J. (AP/PIX11) — A judge has ordered two New Jersey parents to pay for at least some of their daughter’s college tuition, while weighing whether they should have to pay the majority of her $26,000 bill.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a judge ruled in Superior Court in Camden that the parents of 21-year-old Caitlyn Ricci should pay $906 of her tuition from the community college she previously attended.
Judge Thomas Shusted Jr. still has to decide whether the parents should pay $16,000 of her $26,000 tuition to Philadelphia’s Temple University. A lower court judge last month ordered the parents to pay the full amount.
Shusted urged Ricci and her divorced parents, Maura McGarvey and Michael Ricci, to mend relations and attend counseling.
Ricci moved out of parents home in 2013, the Daily News reports. Her parents say the only time they have seen their daughter is during court appearances.
“It is nice to see that she is alive and doing well, but it is hurtful because she wouldn’t look at us. When I got emotional in the courtroom and when Michael got emotional in the courtroom, she doesn’t have any emotion,” her mother Marva McGarvey told WPVI.
Ricci says she loves her parents and that the case isn’t about money.
Earlier this year, New Jersey teen Rachel Canning sued her parents financial support after she moved out of their home.
A judge later ruled against Canning’s claims.