It's a precedent-setting case - or just a reminder that parents actually are in charge of their kids and get to make the rules. Imagine that.
A Superior Court judge in Morris County Tuesday ruled that a Lincoln Park couple does not have to financially support their 18-year-old daughter who voluntarily left their house in a dispute over the rules of the house.
"Do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in basic fear of establishing rules of the house?" Family Division Judge Peter Bogaard asked when denying an order that Sean and Elizabeth Canning pay the private school and college tuition for their daughter, Rachel.
The case has drawn national attention.
Rachel Canning, a senior and honors student at Morris Catholic High School, went to court to force her parents to not only pay her tuition bills but to pay her medical bills and her legal fees in the case, among other things.
Rachel Canning was seeking more than $600 a week in support.
Rachel Canning said her parents threw her out of the house before her 18th birthday; her parents successfully argued she left voluntarily after numerous disputes over the rules of the house.
Boggard ruled the parents must keep their daughter on their health insurance plan and maintain college savings accounts that had been established in her name.
In the end, however, Boggard said the parents had every right to make the rules in their own house. In fact, Boggard said it was their responsibility.
"What kind of parents would the Cannings be if they did not discipline her?" Boggard asked. "The Cannings had the right to set up rules."
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