New Jersey honor student and cheerleader Rachel Canning is suing her parents for immediate financial support that would force them to pay for her college education after she claims they kicked her out of their home.
Canning alleges her parents threw her out of their home two days before her 18th birthday back in October and have refused to pay an outstanding $5,306 tuition bill for her private Catholic high school, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Canning is suing her parents for her private school tuition, living and transportation costs and a college fund in her name.
Her father, retired Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, said his daughter voluntarily left his home because she didn’t want to comply with certain household rules like being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing chores, FoxNews.com reported.
"We're heartbroken, but what do you do when a child says, 'I don't want your rules but I want everything under the sun and you to pay for it?'" Sean Canning said according to USA Today.
“We love our daughter. She’s our pride and joy,” Canning’s father told the New York Post. “The door is wide open. We want her to come home.”
Rachel Canning has been living in Rockaway Township with the family of her best friend, The Associated Press reports. Her best friend’s father, John Inglesino, has been funding the lawsuit which has already cost $12,597.
Family-law attorney Sheldon Simon told USA Today that under New Jersey law "a child is not emancipated until they're on their own."
"Even if a child and the parents don't get along, that doesn't relieve the parents of their responsibility," Simon said.
However, attorney Laurie Rush-Masuret, who is representing the Canning parents, said in court papers Rachel emancipated herself when she left her parents’ house and “sphere of influence … as she did not want to abide by her parents' rules."
The outcome of this case “could open the floodgates of recalcitrant kids fighting with their parents, moving out and then suing for them to keep paying,” said Jeralyn Lawrence, the New Jersey Bar Association's incoming Family Law section chair, told FoxNews.com.