N.J. Teen Who Sued Her Parents Returns Home

After suing her parents for financial support, Rachel Canning decides to move back to her parents’ home.


High school senior Rachel Canning reportedly returned home to her parents in Roseland, N.J., this week, just a week after she took them to court, seeking financial support and college tuition.

Canning claimed her parents kicked her out of the house when she turned 18, which her folks denied, saying the teen left voluntarily.

Angelo Sarno, who represents Rachel’s parents, said in a statement, “Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations.”

The teen’s lawsuit against Sean and Elizabeth Canning triggered a media frenzy, as many people questioned the suit’s potential legal ramifications and whether or not Canning was a spoiled teen who felt entitled to her folks’ money.

State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard said he was concerned that the suit could lead to teenagers “thumbing their noses” at their parents, leaving home and then asking for financial support. According to the Los Angeles Times:

“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?,” he asked. “We should be mindful of a potentially slippery slope.”

While the lawsuit has not yet been officially dropped, it appears the family conflict has been resolved, at least for now. According to CNN:

“The bottom line is it’s over,” Sarno said at a news conference. “It’s ancient history, it’s done. They’ve welcomed her back into the house.”

Rachel Canning’s lawyer, Tanya Helfand, said in court documents that if Canning decides to drop the lawsuit against her parents, it should “be done of her own free will and not due to the extreme pressure of her parents and the media.” The judge has already denied her request for living expenses and high school tuition, CNN says.

Canning is an honor student, cheerleader and lacrosse player at a private Catholic high school in New Jersey. She plans to attend college and study biomedical engineering.

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