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Teen sues parents, loses court battle

Morris Plains, N.J. -- No, you can't sue your parents because you don't want to follow their rules.

That's the decision from a judge in New Jersey who denied a request from a high school honors student to force her parents to provide her financial support and pay her legal fees.

The judge warned of the "potentially slippery slope" of claims by teenagers against their parents.

"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?," the judge asked.

Rachel Canning, 18, was attempting to force her parents to pay $650 in weekly child support along with the remainder of her private high school tuition, her legal fees and college costs.

The judge denied all her claims, except the college costs. He's scheduled a hearing for next month to decide if her parents should be required to pay her college tuition.

Canning claims her parents threw her out of their home when she turned 18.

Canning's father, a retired New Jersey police chief, said his daughter left voluntarily because she didn't want to abide by the family's household rules, which included dumping her
boyfriend.

 
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