New Jersey Teen Sues Parents

Rachel Canning, 18, is suing her parents for allegedly refusing to pay for her private school education.
3:00 | 03/04/14

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Now to the story about the 18-year-old taking her parents to court. These a New Jersey honor student suing her parents over the house rules. Arguing mom and dad should pay for her education even though she moved out. ABC's Ryan smith has the story. Reporter: This morning, a new Jersey family headed to court in a case of daughter versus parents. I don't know. It's going to be tough for me and my wife. It's going to be very tough. Sorry. Reporter: 18-year-old Rachel canning suing her parents because she says they refuse to pay for her catholic high school education and for college next fall. Private school, new car, college education, yeah, that comes with living under our roof. Reporter: Canning claims her parents kicked her out when she turned 18 last okay. Her parents say they never threw Rachel out, that she left voluntarily because she didn't want to follow their house res concerning curfew and chores. Either way, the honor student and athlete filed a lawsuit just days ago and according to a new Jersey newspaper "The daily record" she's asking a judge to declare her dependent on her parents for support as a student. This is a case that's totally unusual. You never see a child bringing an action to enforce rights against a parent. Reporter: "The daily record" reports she's living with the family of her best friend, the attorney John inglesino saying he wants the parents to foot the fee for legal fees too, so far totaling $13,000. The date of emancipation becomes a fact-finding mission by the courts. Reporter: Raising questions. Should parents be forced it pay for their school and living costs after they turn 18? What she believes is her parents had committed to see her through schooling and her career. Reporter: Her father Sean says the entire ordeal is tearing his family apart. We'd be whole and healed as a family if she were back home and I hi she's being enabled and steered down the wrong area and it's killing us. Reporter: ABC news reached out to her about the lawsuit but has yet to hear back much the court appearance will mark the first time father and daughter have seen each other since October of last year. For "Good morning America," Ryan smith, ABC news, New York.

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