Rachel Canning Home After Lawsuit

rachel-canningstudent-sues-parentsNew Jersey high school cheerleader Rachel Canning, 18, who filed a lawsuit against her parents has returned home, but her lawyer charged Wednesday that her parents are pressuring her to withdraw her suit, according to new court documents.

Her lawyer Tanya Helfand filed an emergency application to seal records of that case which she asked for continued financial support even though she had moved from her parents’ house. Rachel returned to her parents’ home Tuesday night after 4½ months away. ‘It should never have been brought to the court’s attention. It should have never been brought to the public.’

Judge Peter Bogaard denied Helfand’s emergency request, court documents show. & In her case, Rachel Canning has been seeking a declaration of non-emancipation, or continuing financial dependence on her family. She wanted Bogaard to award her $654 weekly in child support and make her parents pay her upcoming college tuition.

Her best friend’s father, lawyer John Inglesino, has been financing the suit, which already has racked up more than $13,000 in legal fees. He took a public bruising because of his involvement in what Sean and Elizabeth Canning contend is a private family matter.

Rachel Canning, a Morris Catholic High School senior, claimed her parents ‘constructively abandoned’ her, mostly because she would not break up with her boyfriend. She moved out of their house Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18, and had been living with the Inglesinos in Rockaway Township, N.J., since then.

‘Just a few days ago, Rachel Canning indicated that she could not go back home with her parents and she required a promise of some financial assistance going forward,’ Helfand wrote in her application. ‘Now, after speaking with her mother yesterday, she said she is waiving her complaint and is receiving no promises or consideration in return.

‘The court did not determine if she is emancipated or not. A psychologist certified that the parents are abusive. School faculty certified that the parents abused the child,’ the filing states. ‘It is critical that if Rachel does dismiss this matter that it be done of her own free will and not due to the extreme pressure of her parents and the media.’

The high school honor student and lacrosse player left home after a tumultuous stretch during which her parents separated and reconciled and the teen began getting into uncharacteristic trouble at school. She had asked that her parents be ordered to settle an outstanding $5,306 Morris Catholic tuition bill; pay her current living and transportation expenses; and use an existing college fund for their daughter, who received acceptance letters from several universities and has to make a decision this spring.

She hopes to become a biomedical engineer. ‘From a Morris Catholic perspective, it’s great news,’ Rich Sokerka, a Diocese of Paterson, N.J., spokesman, said when he heard that Rachel Canning had moved back to her childhood home. ‘They’re very happy she’s returning home to her family.’

Bogaard urged family therapy and reconciliation in a March 4 preliminary hearing and said the case was in uncharted legal waters. Courts typically rule on college costs when parents are divorcing. ‘It is the goal of the Cannings to be present at their child’s graduations, her wedding and at the birth of their grandchildren,’ Sarno said.

The case could be dismissed before it is scheduled for trial April 22. If the trial were to continue, the judge would have to decide whether Rachel Canning is non-emancipated and entitled to parental support or voluntarily emancipated herself in October by refusing to follow household rules and moving out.

  • Ally

    Wow. Just another case of a little rich girl….

    • GentileJewel

      Being rich doesn’t make you stupid or spoiled! They did that! Anyone can even without finances.

      • threelittlebirds

        You can’t necessarily be poor and spoiled..

      • WatchOut

        Please explain how you can be poor and spoiled??

        • AA

          people not soo poor can be spoiled and not all rich people are like that because that will be lowest personality

          • KK

            you mean people who are second class because not sooo poor is like not poor and not second class either so that means second class

          • AA

            yeah i was talking like that i was wrong i was saying people who are second class can be spoiled too. but not poor people

  • in jesus name i pray amen

    I know this is bitchy of me… but if my parents did that to me — GOD KNOWS ID SUE THEIR ASSES. Just saying… Although, I’m very obedient so this bitch was being a spoiled ass cunt tbh. I abide by the rules in my house, so in that sense I totally get why the father would do that.

    • in jesus name i pray amen

      ALTHO let me add… I do expect my parents to pay for my education, because how the fuck am I supposed to pay for school when I am attending a private uni in california? like shiitt… I cant afford 200k in expenses, I’ve got louboutins to buy. They want me to go to college (I want to also… but like only cuz I have to in order to get a job), so they may as well pay for it.

      • in jesus name i pray amen

        holy fuck i sound spoiled and ignorant. Sorry common folk for sounding ridiculous… it’s just the way I was raised :’/…

        • Cici

          Dayyummm…your rents pay that much for you to go to college?

          • in jesus name i pray amen

            Well… I mean, there is no way in muthafucking HELL, that I could ever pay for that myself. It’s like 53k a year for school at a private uni in America.

          • Cici

            I know… I wanted to go to one so badly, Belmont, but the amount of loans I would have had to take out was ridic. You are very blessed, but I wouldn’t say spoiled! You don’t take it for granted, and you’re working hard! that’s awesome. Good for you :)

        • WatchOut

          My parents are not able to pay for my education. this is why I have to balance a job and school.
          You are spoiled/fortunate to have parents who have a lot of money.

          • XaskTaylorX

            I was grateful to have my parents pay for mien and my other siblings education. My mom took out a lot of money to get prepaid college fun. My siblings amd I have had jobs to help out though. I babysit, have a job, and go to school. Me have to life. Bahaha how. =|

          • in jesus name i pray amen

            Same. My brothers went to public school though, so it was only 32k for theirs. I didn’t work luckily… I had a full-course load and a ton of extra curriculars, there would literally be NO way in hell that I could do it all and do well in my classes to get the 3.8GPA that I currently have.

          • in jesus name i pray amen

            I am very fortunate/blessed. I’m a good child though, I study hard and get good grades. If I was a flop student, then I understand why I would be a spoiled brat; however, I do work very hard in my studies.

  • http://instagram.com/foreverjordan thesestrangelittlethings

    She looks like Erika Christensen.

    • Queen Amanda Bynes

      I was just about to say that lol, they look identical ,i loved her in swim fan haha http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7sYaJP0RyU4/TANSAnmUi0I/AAAAAAAACwE/IIUcJUQG08w/s1600/Erika_Christensen_beautiful.jpg

      • http://instagram.com/foreverjordan thesestrangelittlethings

        Same here (:

      • in jesus name i pray amen

        what the fuck ever happened to her? I remember her in something, but I think im confusing her for mandy moore lol

        • Queen Amanda Bynes

          I love mandy moore lol, she played in alot of teen movies so maybe one of those were what you were think of ? but yeah i havent seen her in much since tangled ,i’d watch anything with her in it haha. And Erika’s on the show parenthood right now I believe

          • http://instagram.com/foreverjordan thesestrangelittlethings

            She does play on Parenthood, and you guys should watch it because it’s really good haha.

          • Queen Amanda Bynes

            ill have to check it out :)

  • Lily

    Homegirl is in for a rude awakening once she has to deal with real life on her own. Sooner or later, she’s going to have to accept that mommy and daddy won’t always be there to hold her hand, making sure everything goes her way. The real world can be a bitch, and this chick is gonna crash and burn if she doesn’t figure her own shit out.

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    Oh this Bitch again. [insert eye roll]

  • Diamondskyart

    I feel like ripping that smile off her face.

  • Diamondskyart

    What if in future, she is looking for a job and the interviewer googles her and this comes up?

    • in jesus name i pray amen

      LMFAO — not even a quality college education could save this bitch from the inevitable unemployment. Guess she’s going to have to work McDonald’s night shift.

  • http://justcallmebabydoll.tumblr.com/ claudface_delrey

    So this girl moves out of the house on her own as a legal adult (being 18) and expects to still cash in from her parents? I think since she’s 18 and can make her own choices she can suck it up, get a job and if she is really doing so well in school she can get a scholarship. (personally I work two jobs and go to school so.) Idk about the states but in ontario you can get OSAP which is when the government gives you a certain amount of money each semester depending on your situation (i.e.: living on your own, low parent income, being far away from your school.) but you pay it back once you have a job and are finished school. Dis bitch needs to face reality.

    • Sellyismygirlcrush

      Ontario Represent! Same here I work full time and go to school part time. I would never expect my parents to shell out any money for me. But, I guess it’s all in how you’re brought up I guess.

  • Queen Amanda Bynes

    she seems like a sociopath, tbh she could be the abusive one.

    like why the fuck are you smiling when your parents are in tears. theres a video of the case and she dint seem like she had any remorse.

    this case was just idoitic.My mom would be pissed if i did this shit.

  • casey

    this girl is an idiot. if you disrespect your parents and move out, why on earth do you expect them to pay for you? even MORE idiotic is this shady ass lawyer. as an 18 yr old, id expect her to have her naive head up her ass, but the best friends father who encouraged her to pursue this nonsensical case is truly the one to blame

  • Caitlin Mary

    oh wow so NONE of you read that her parents were actually abusive, that it was confirmed both by the school AND a psychologist? Yet you are all going on about how much of a spoilled bitch she is just because of the way those two photos are presented. Compassion much?

    • Lily

      That is from the plaintiff’s filing, unless that’s held up in court, which it was obviously not, it has no substantive weight on the final decision. People make claims like this, often misconstrued to be “backed” by sources, but in reality it’s just a bunch of BS (i.e. What that sounds like to me is that she told her counsellor about the issue, and it was brought up with administration). Parents being mean to you because they didn’t like your boyfriend is hardly ‘abuse’. If there was any actual substantive abuse in the equation, she would have more to go on and would not have dropped the lawsuit.

  • Mellz89

    What a bitch!! Need to teach her a lesson..!

  • Blair Waldorf

    I hope I don’t sound like a complete bitch, but this is all her parents’ fault! They raised her up this way– they raised her up to get whatever she wants to (I am assuming she’s an only child, hence her spoilt attitude is quite justified, tbh), whenever she wants it, and however she wants it. They look like such sweet people, that you could easily manipulate, and it’s their fault for not being hard on her, and she looks like a very stubborn materialistic person- lmao, figures. If she goes as far as SUING her parents, I am assuming she throws many hissy fits to get what she wants, and indeed gets it eventually. It’s very evident that these house-rules were recently decided upon. They can’t decide 18 years later to make new house-rules that she needs to abide by, when they completely oppose the previous ones. I am not saying that parents should be hard on their kids, but honestly, they shouldn’t be this easy on their kids, and they should teach them that they can’t always get what they want, whenever they want it; for when they’re on their own, especially in their earlier years, chances are they won’t get what they want, and it could be at that time being a (so-called) necessity, simply because they got accustomed to a lifestyle where their wants are considered as needs. HASHTAG SORRY NOT SORRY