Rachel Canning, N.J. Cheerleader Suing Parents For Child Support & College Tuition, Denied By Court Ruling
New Jersey cheerleader Rachel Canning was denied her request for child support, which she feels she's owed by her parents after they allegedly kicked her out of the house.
Rachel Canning Denied Child Support
Canning, 18, parted ways with her family on Oct. 30, 2013 – two days before her birthday. She says she was kicked out, while her parents – Sean and Elizabeth Canning – claim she left of her own accord. The senior at Morris Catholic high school contended that her parents should continue to pay her high school tuition, hand over $650 a week in child support and finance her college tuition at the college of her choice, reported CNN.
On Tuesday, Judge Peter Bogaard moved to hold off granting Canning her requests until more evidence could be gleaned.
"Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-olds to sue for an iPhone?" Bogaard asked, repoted Sky News. "We should be mindful of a potentially slippery slope."
Canning Versus Her Parents
Canning has claimed that her parents have been emotionally abusive towards her, leading her to suffer from an eating disorder as they pushed her to achieve a scholarship to college for basketball. The Cannings, however, allege that they helped her through the eating disorder and that their daughter simply decided that she no longer wanted to abide by their rules.
The Cannings state that their rules consisted of keeping a curfew, being respectful towards them, completing assigned chores and breaking it off with a boyfriend who they felt was a bad influence. They claim their daughter, feeling she didn't need such rules, chose to emancipate herself.
Since Oct. 30, Canning has been living with the family of her best friend in Rockaway Township.
Rachel Canning and her parents will appear in court again before Judge Bogaard on April 22.
– Chelsea Regan