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Canning Attorney Requests Court Appointed Guardian

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Parsippany, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Just when you thought the saga between Rachel Canning and her parents was over after the teen decided to move back home, things took another turn.

Now, Rachel’s personal Attorney Tanya Helfand stepped in to ask the judge for a court appointed guardian, which could possibly imply that Rachel may have been forced to return home. The judge quickly dismissed the request.

In the court filings, Helfand wrote that the Cannings should be responsible for paying for a court appointed guardian. Presumably that guardian would have remained the Inglesinos’s, who Rachel lived with during her short time away from her parents.

The belief was that, with a little bit of time, the Cannings would be able to come together and heal as a family. The family lawyer even held a press conference on Wednesday announcing Rachel’s return home and requesting that media step back to give this family privacy.

Now, this latest move has even more people asking, who’s really influencing Rachel?

In order to get a better understanding of the legal procedures taking place in this case, Attorney Matt Rooney chimed in to discuss what is going on.

“I definitely think that part of this is that we have an attorney who is seizing an opportunity to get headlines. Everybody loves free press, and this case now that it has, unfortunately, international attention which is extremely sad for the family; it’s a great opportunity to market your practice. I also can’t help but wonder if there’s a little bit of emotion going on here too. John Ingelsino who is the attorney who initially helped Rachel Canning pay for her representation, his daughter and Rachel were friends. I don’t know if he thinks he’s doing a favor for this young girl, if he’s maybe looking more like a hero to his own daughter for helping her friend, I have no idea, but there’s certainly no reason why this should continue to be in the courts,” he said.

In an email that has been made public, Rachel asks her parents, “So can I come home?” and her father responded by saying that there were still issues that they needed to deal with. The email cites things like: Rachel being disrespectful to her mother, that she had to heel her relationship with her sisters, and also about the whole dyfs situation. This email gives you some insight into the issues that the family has been dealing with.

Another underlying question is that at 18 years-old, Rachel is technically an adult. So why is she tying up the court system with this battle over legal guardianship? Rooney discussed how it’s not that simple in New Jersey courts.

“The way that New Jersey looks at a child in the context of the family law system is a little bit different than your average person on the street does. Even though she’s technically at the age of majority, children in New Jersey aren’t considered emancipated in the eyes of the court until they’re financially independent,” he explained.

In the end, whose side are you on? Team Rachel or Team parents?


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