Hearing on Teen, 18, Demanding Parental Support

LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (AP) -

A northern New Jersey student who claims her parents threw her out of their home when she turned 18 late last year is now suing them, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in the case of Morris Catholic High School senior Rachel Canning, who is seeking immediate financial support and wants to force her parents to pay for her college education. She also wants a judge to declare that she’s non-emancipated and dependent as a student on her parents for support.

Canning’s father, retired Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, said 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.

“We love our child and miss her,” the elder Canning said. “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.’”

Rachel Canning has been living with the family of her best friend, whose father, former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino, is funding the lawsuit.