Imagine this scenario: Your daughter is about to graduate from high school with honors yet she neglects to do anything helpful in the house and continues to break curfew. You are disgusted with her lack of respect to you and your family. After much aggravation, she moves in with friends and a few months pass without any contact..... until one day when you receive court papers. You next find out she is suing you for financial support to fund her life and education after calling you out as abusive. You love her, but you feel she is no longer your responsibility. You go along with the trial and continue to refuse to pay her college tuition or any living expenses.
In a real life, similar situation, Rachel Canning left her home in Morrisville, New Jersey on November 1st of last year stating physical and mental abuse from her parents. Sean and Elizabeth Canning stopped paying her financial support immediately. However, her private high school is allowing her to remain to complete her senior year and are billing the Cannings. Rachel also has hopes to become a biomedical engineer and wants her college funds reinstated and given to her yet her parents have refused given her lack of contact with them since she left home. Meanwhile, her school fees are building up, in addition to her 12K+ legal fees.
A judge in Morristown has decided that her parents don’t owe her a penny. State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard denied those motions but ordered both parties to return to court on April 22nd, when they will present evidence and testimony on the question of whether the Cannings are obligated to financially support their daughter.
Rachel’s friend’s father who is the former Morris County Freeholder is funding the lawsuit. He says he is doing it so that Canning gets the strong education that she deserves.
What would you do in the Cannings’ shoes? Rachel is calling them abusive for laying down strict rules and disclipline and is showing no respect for anything they have done for her. But she is their daughter, their flesh and blood. And she’s only 18!
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