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Teen Moves out, Then Sues Her Parents for Cash and Tuition

Every kid throws the dramatic "I'm moving out!" fit at least once during those tumultuous teenage years. It's practically a rite of passage. But according to New Jersey parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning, their daughter Rachel has really stuck to her guns—and then some.

If their side of the story is to be believed, Rachel moved out of their home several months ago after refusing to follow their rules. According to Rachel, though, she was kicked out against her will.

While that part of the story is still up for debate, no one denies what happened next: Rachel hit them with a lawsuit. Just what is she suing for exactly? For starters, tuition—Rachel attends Morris Catholic High School, a private school with a hefty tuition. Apparently, after moving out, her parents stopped their payments. She also wants her bills covered and her car back, which her parents admit to keeping (since, well, they paid for it). And last but not least, she wants her college tuition fund freed up, since she's been accepted into several colleges.

If you're wondering where Rachel's been living these days—and how she's paying for a lawsuit if she can't pay for rent—she's apparently staying with the family of her best friend, Jamie Inglesino. It was Jamie's dad, lawyer John Inglesino, who suggested she take legal action in the first place. His one stipulation? The Cannings have to pony up for the cost of that, too—which has already reached well over $12,000.

(Shaking your head at this story yet? You're not alone!)

As for those rules that Rachel refused to abide by, her dad says they weren't even that bad to begin with. Her parents simply wanted her to "reconsider" her relationship with a boyfriend who may have been a bad influence, keep her curfew and be more respectful. (Sounds like pretty typical rules to us.)

"We love our child and miss her," Sean Canning told the Daily Record. "This is terrible. It's killing me and my wife."

And while Rachel says her parents tossed her out, Sean argues that they would like nothing more than to have their daughter home again. "We have a child we want home," he said. "We're not Draconian, and not we're getting hauled into court. She's demanding that we pay her bills, but she doesn't want to live at home, and she's saying 'I don't want to live under your rules.'"

The Cannings are all due in court this Tuesday in Morrison, N.J. Here's hoping they get things settled.

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