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18-Year-Old Sues Her Parents. Judge Rules Against Her (Video)

06/03/2014 17:54 | Updated 20 May 2015

Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teen who sued parents for support

A family court judge has rejected an 18-year-old girl's lawsuit, which would have compelled her parents to keep paying for her education and living costs after she moved out of the family home.

New Jersey teenager Rachel Canning made headlines when she filed a lawsuit against her parents, demanding they pick up the bill for her private Catholic high school and future college tuition, as well as all living expenses, after she left the family home in November 2013.

Canning claims she was thrown out by her 'abusive' parents, while mum and dad say she left in a rage following rows over her underage drinking, suspension from school and objectionable boyfriend. She now wants to become 'de-emancipated', obliging her parents to continue supporting her while she completes her education.

In the original lawsuit, Rachel asked for $650 (£390) per week in child support, which she claimed her parents could easily afford.

Judge Peter Bogaard appeared to have little time for the girl's outlandish request, asking: "Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox?", and labelling Canning's behaviour "gross disrespect". Bogaard adjourned a further hearing to a later date.

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