MORRISTOWN, N.J. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A judge ruled against an 18-year-old from New Jersey in the first step of a lawsuit filed against her parents.
Rachel Canning claims she was abandoned by her family. They claim she ran away because she didn't want to do chores or have a curfew.
Canning and her parents appeared in court Tuesday as a judge denied an emergency order that would have given the teen $650 a week in child support and required her parents to pay for her private school tuition, reports the New York Daily News.
During the hearing, the judge suggested granting the order would establish a "precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house."
Canning's parents say late last summer, the tug-of-war for independence blew up into full-blown rebellion. Her father didn't go into specifics, but on his Facebook page he says she ran away to live with a friend's family. The father added that the fight is killing him and he loves his daughter, but he won't enable her.
Sean Canning, a former police chief, also says she's being given bad advice by the family she lives with. The father of Rachel's friend is a lawyer who is bankrolling her lawsuit.
Canning wants to attend the University of Vermont. She goes to a private New Jersey high school where she is a cheerleader and plays lacrosse. The teen says she hopes one day to be a biomedical engineer.
Another hearing is scheduled for April 22, during which a judge will determine whether or not Canning's parents will be required to pay for her college tuition.
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