Rachel Canning, a student from Catholic high school, has reportedly sued her parents for throwing her out of the house after she turned 18. The honor student-athlete claims that she is in need of financial support and that her parents owe it to her.
Canning, is a cheerleader who aims to be a biomedical engineer in the future, is in search of judicial support for proving her dependence on her parents, writes Peggy Wright of The Daily Record.
A family friend of Canning’s, Jaime Inglesino’s father John Inglesino, who is an attorney and former Morris County Freeholder, is helping financially in the proceedings of the lawsuit.
Reportedly, Rachel is nowadays living with the Inglesino family after her parents threw her out of their house. Rachel’s father, Sean Canning, said that this is a terrible situation for him and her wife, as they love their daughter and want her to come back home.
A hearing was scheduled by Judge Peter Bogaard for March 4th. Tanya N. Helfand, who is Rachel’s lawyer, asked the court to order parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning to pay an outstanding $5,306 Morris Catholic tuition bill and pay her current living and transportation expenses. Also, Rachel wants her parents to commit an existing college fund to her. She has received acceptance letters from several universities and has to make a decision this spring.
The lawsuit also includes a request that the parents pay their daughter’s legal fees so far totaling $12,597.
Sean Canning, a retired Lincoln Park police chief who currently works as Mount Olive’s township administrator, said his daughter’s representation of the facts is not accurate and he fears she is being “enabled” by well-intentioned but ill-informed people who include the Inglesinos. Sean Canning said that Rachel voluntarily left home in October and was never thrown out.
Mr. Canning said they did stop paying the Morris Catholic tuition and have kept Rachel’s car because they paid for it. According to the father, Rachel moved out because she didn’t want to follow simple household rules, including managing a few chores and ending her relationship with a boyfriend.
Prominent family-law attorneys Sheldon Simon and William Laufer both called the lawsuit highly unusual and Laufer said he has seen nothing like it in 40 years of practice.
Rachel submitted a certification to the court contending her parents, on October 29th, 2013, decided to stop supporting her both financially and emotionally as of November 1st, 2013. In her papers, she stated that Morris Catholic advised her not to return home and contacted the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency (known as DCP&P and formerly as DYFS).