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The Teen Who Sued Her Parents For Tuition Has Moved Back Home

Rachel Canning has reportedly moved back to her parents' Lincoln Park home after four months of living with a friend.

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By Jason Koestenblatt

Lincoln Park, New Jersey – After two weeks under an international spotlight for suing her parents, Rachel Canning has returned home after more than four months.

Canning filed suit against her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, seeking more than $600 per week in support while she stayed with a friend. That friend just so happened to be the daughter of John Inglesino – the attorney for Parsippany-Troy Hills Township.

Inglesino is a former Rockaway Township mayor and former Morris County Freeholder, and bankrolled the legal fees Rachel Canning needed to get the lawsuit moving, dailyrecord.com reported.

According to nj.com, Angelo Sarno, the attorney representing Elizabeth and Sean Canning, said, “Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations.”

As part of the suit against her parents, Rachel Canning asked for current tuition of more than $5,000 to Morris Catholic, fees for college applications, living and travel expenses, and future tuition payments for whichever college or university she decides to attend.

A judge in Morristown denied the request last week. 

Written testimony in court documents from Rachel Canning, her parents, and Inglesino revealed a nasty course of events in the past year. Canning left her parents’ home in October 2013, two days shy of turning 18. She stayed with her boyfriend Lucas Kitzmiller and his family in Mine Hill for two days before setting up shop at the Inglesino’s for the next four months.

Elizabeth and Sean Canning testified that it was Kitzmiller who was a bad influence on their daughter and that she became involved in and “obsessed” with drinking alcohol and partying on weekends.

An email between the parents and the oldest of their three daughters showed an ultimatum was given: the boyfriend or us. For a few months, it seemed Rachel Canning chose her boyfriend.

Canning is still a student at Morris Catholic High School and is scheduled to graduate this spring. A second court hearing was previously scheduled for April 22. The status of that session is not yet known.

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YCTheAdventure March 15, 2014 at 07:01 PM
How fortunate for the girl - her parents allowed her to return home. Hopefully she will move forward into the future with a more humble appreciation for their role.
John Strother March 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM
wow she moved in with her boy friend for 2 days, doesn't make her common law married to her boy friend? He and his family should foot all the bills.
nascarblue March 25, 2014 at 05:33 AM
just another spoiled brat, maybe the boyfriend came up with an idea "hey lets sue your parents" she went for it and it got thrown back in her face, I am glad the judge denied her, at 18 finish school find your future and show your parents you are capable and in the end they will probably leave you a nice nest egg, get rid of the scumbag boyfriend he is only interested in the money
Lynne Forehim March 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM
My parents divorced when I was young, but my mom made it clear to all 8 of us kids growing up, "be careful how u decide to leave, I don't have a revolving door!" I loved vacatime solution! My siblings and I never grew up with an entitlement mentality, mayb it's because we knew our mom was not going to take any crap from us!

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