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Teenager sues her parents for child support and college tuition payments

By Mason White 11:07 AM March 6, 2014
Rachel Canning with her father 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A New Jersey teen is suing her parents in court and asked a judge to force them to hand her over money.

Many teenagers are forced to work their way to through college in order to pay their tuition and living expenses.

However, Rachel Canning of Lincoln Park, who grew up with well-off parents, wants them to pay for everything despite refusing to follow their rules. The teen moved out of her parents’ home and is now living with her friend’s parents, who are paying for her lawyer.

The girl told the court that her parents have a combined yearly income of about $250,000 and that she is entitled to $654 per week in child support. She also wants her parents to pay the $6,000 she owes for school fees at her Catholic High School.

Her lawyer asked the judge to order the parents to immediately start giving financial support to their daughter. Her parents claim that their daughter ran off to stay with friends when she turned 18 years old, because she refused to abide by their rules, including to stop dating her boyfriend who they believe is a bad influence on her.

Judge Peter Bogaard said in part: “The court was called upon to find whether immediate financial relief was needed. It is not necessary.”

The judge also said that he cannot have parents live in constant fear of enforcing the basic rules of the house, where if the child does not like the rules, the child can move in with another family, seek child support, a car, a cellphone and money to go to college.

“Are we going to open the gates for a 12-year-old child to sue for an Xbox, a 13-year-old boy to sue for an iPhone and a 15-year-old girl asking for a 60 inch TV?” The judge added.

The judge asked both sides to focus on rebuilding a relationship between them. The judge set a date for another hearing, but warned that the plaintiff had not provided sufficient evidence to suggest that she would win the case.