Rachel Canning is an athlete and honor student attending a private school in Northern New Jersey. She lived with her parents, as most high school students do. But battles over usual teen stuff — curfews and cell phones to name two — led her to move out of her parent’s home, and in with a friend and her family, at the end of October.
Now, she’s suing her parents for the cost of her school, living expenses and college tuition. She says that she had an agreement with her parents about the money, but they say she left their home because she didn’t want to follow their rules. The judge says the family should try counseling before any legal rulings are made — because those rulings could have future implications in the court system about the financial responsibilities for parents and their over-18-year-old kids.
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