Eighteen year old Rachel Canning is currently suing her parents. She wants them to pay for her remaining semester at Morris County Catholic High School, her future college education and living expenses.
Canning says that her parents put her out on her 18th birthday, but her father Sean Canning, former Lincoln Park Police Chief and current Mt. Olive Administrator, posted a public Facebook comment claiming that his daughter isn’t telling the truth.
“We have endured an investigation which completely cleared us and labeled the accusations unsubstantiated, which basically means things claimed didn’t happen as Rachel claimed them to have.”
Sean says that they had a series of rules which they expected Rachel to follow and rather than respect those rules, Rachel chose to move out of their home.
According to the family Rachel didn’t want to respect her curfew, she was bullying her siblings and there was apparently a relationship that the family was not necessarily supportive of.
Most people assume that once a child turns 18 that they are considered an adult and emancipated, but that is not necessarily the case in New Jersey. Attorney Rick DeMichele says that there is a lot more to it.
“Really what New Jersey does is say, that the child in the sphere of influence of the parents. In other words, if the child left the home, would they be able to survive on their own? And that’s kind of how New Jersey takes a look at it as opposed to say the Pennsylvania model which is a hard and fast 18 or graduation from high school, whichever comes later,” he explained.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!