It appears, Rachel Canning, who chose to sue her parents for financial support after leaving their home has had a change of heart. She has chosen to return home and has been reunited with her family in Roseland, New Jersey.
Her lawyer, Angelo Sarno spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon saying “Her return home in not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations.” per Los Angeles Times
During the news conference, Sarno asked for the public to respect the family’s privacy at this time, which he said had suffered during the ongoing proceedings. He stated that the lawsuit had been settled in an amicable manner and refused to offer any additional comment.
Rachel Canning caused a nationwide flurry when she sued her parents for child support as well as tuition for her private high school. Initially the judge ruled against Rachel Canning’s request, however, the case was scheduled to be reassessed in April on the larger question of whether her parents were obligated to support Canning after she left home.
The honor student and cheerleader left her parents home on October 30, a few days shy of turning 18. According to court documents, she accused her parents, Elizabeth and Sean Canning, of being abusive and was adamant that she was old enough to do what she wanted.
Sean Canning, a retired Lincoln Park police chief, and his wife Elizabeth have stated that their daughter left on her own accord after refusing to follow reasonable rules which included being respectful, doing chores and adhering to a curfew. The parents also had concerns about her boyfriend and asked her to end the relationship.
State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard oversaw the first round of court proceedings. He sounded skeptical as far as Rachel Canning’s requests were concerned saying ‘it could lead to teenagers thumbing their noses at their parents, leaving home and then asking for financial support.”
“Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-olds to sue for an iPhone?” he asked. “We should be mindful of a potentially slipper slope.”
Prior to her return, Rachel Canning had been residing with her best friend’s family in Rockaway Township. The friend’s father, John Inglesino, former Morris County Freeholder, was funding the lawsuit.