MORRISTOWN, N.J. (PIX11/AP) — A northern New Jersey honor student is suing her parents for financial support and to force them to pay for her college.
A judge in Morristown family court held a hearing Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by 18-year-old Rachel Canning.
Canning claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home when she turned 18.
Canning’s father, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning, tells The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter voluntarily left home in October because she didn’t want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores.
She’s been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend. The newspaper reports that the friend’s father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, is funding the lawsuit.
According to court documents, Canning claims that her parents abused her both physically and emotionally before kicking her out of the house and cutting off tuition during the middle of the school year.
The lawyer for parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning, Laurie Rush-Masuret, flatly denied the abuse allegations in court and claimed that Rachel’s parents tried to invite her back into the home as long as she followed certain ground rules. Rush-Masuret said that Rachel refused in an email, saying she would not come home so long as she wasn’t able to see her boyfriend.
Canning is suing her parents claiming she is un-emancipated as a student, despite being 18 years old, and seeks tuition payment for the last year of her Catholic high school, living and transportation costs, legal fees and a college tuition fund.