Teen Who Sued Parents For College Funds Denied

Source: USA Today

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A judge denied an 18-year-old’s preliminary requests Tuesday for weekly child support and access to a college fund after the high school senior sued her parents.

Judge Peter Bogaard of Morris County Superior Court’s Family Division said no to Rachel Canning’s initial requests but scheduled another hearing April 22 to decide whether the Catholic high school cheerleader and lacrosse player was constructively abandoned by her parents and left or whether she chose to become independent.

Canning, an honor student at Morris Catholic High School, claims her parents threw her out of the house and would not support her beyond her 18th birthday unless she gave up her boyfriend.

Court documents show frequent causes of parent-teenage tension — boyfriends and alcohol — taken to an extreme. The filings show accusations and denials, but one thing is clear: the girl left home Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18 after a tumultuous stretch during which her parents separated and reconciled and the teen began getting into uncharacteristic trouble at school.

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