The father of eighteen year old teenager, Rachel Canning who is suing her parents has insisted that his daughter is not telling the whole side of the story and that he never kicked her out.
According to new reports, Sean Canning insists that his daughter Rachel Canning ran away of her own accord and was never given an ultimatum to dump her boyfriend or move out.
To date the NJ girl is taking her parents to court, mandating that her parents owe her financial support, remaining tuition on her pricey Catholic Morris high tuition as well as upcoming fees for her private college of choice.
Insisting that even though she is technically not living with her parents they are legally obliged to honor their commitment to her because they abandoned her physically and emotionally.
Not so tells Sean Canning.
‘We love our child and miss her. This is terrible. It’s killing me and my wife,’ Sean Canning wrote in a post on Facebook. ‘As you know, we love our children with all of our heart and soul and have placed them first in our lives since they were born. Whatever they wanted, they received. If it meant that we went without, then so be it.’
‘We love Rachel and wish she would wake up. We’re not draconian and now we’re getting hauled into court. She’s demanding that we pay her bills but she doesn’t want to live at home.’
Although already having turned 18 and in the eyes of most law under no financial obligation of the parents, the girl’s lawsuit seeks to invoke the rare clause of non emancipation, that in essence Rachel Canning is at their mercy for her education and her upkeep.
‘Just because a child turns 18 does not automatically mean NJ parents can stop financial supporting him/her.’ reiterated the girl’s current caretaker, lawyer, John Inglesino.
Added family law attorney, Sheldon Simon: ‘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.’
To date Inglesino has shelled out of pocket $12,597 in legal fees on behalf of Rachel Canning as well as allowing her to stay in his home in Rockland, NJ.
To date, Rachel Canning’s father, Sean Canning has defended his actions online: ‘Late last summer, what started as normal teenage parent conflict and disagreements over life, rules and other things with Rachel suddenly escalated into full blown rebellion. ‘
‘Without getting into all of the details, which may or may not be made public, there were many instances where we set limits on Rachel’s behavior, and those limits were far exceeded.’
‘At the end of October, she decided she could do better on her own and ran away.’
Of note the girl has already been offered a $20 000 scholarship to attend a NY private school, which school that is is not necessarily clear. That said, the aspiring biomedical engineer told that her first choice is the University of Vermont.
With respect to allegations that Sean Canning gave his daughter an ultimatum to dump her boyfriend or move out, the father tells:
‘She is claiming every possible allegation; allegations which are simply not true. These claims are beyond hurtful.
‘Although we do not owe anyone an explanation, we did want you all to know that the allegations that Rachel has claimed – amongst which include our abandoning her, as well as emotional and physical abuse – simply never happened.
‘She ran away because she didn’t want to follow any rules. She stayed away because she had a place to go. That’s it.
‘Bottom line. Rachel has and will always have a place in our home.’
Refuted the teenager: ‘My parents have rationalized their actions by blaming me for not following their rules,’ court papers filed on behalf of the teen claim.
‘They stopped paying my high school tuition to punish the school and me and have redirected my college fund indicating their refusal to afford me an education as a punishment.’
‘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 told the DailyRecord.
Both sides are due in court this morning. Under the law, a parent has an obligation to support their children if they can’t stand on their own financially.