You’re Suing Your Parents? For Your Allowance??

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So get this. Rachel Canning, a high-school student in New Jersey, has decided to sue her parents because they won't support her financially, meaning paying for her tuition and giving her some spending money. Rachel claims to have been kicked out of the house by her parents, but Rachel's parents are standing their ground and saying that she decided to jump ship because she was all bent out of shape about having a curfew and chores, not to mention that she had a boyfriend that she wouldn't ditch per her parents' request. 

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This part kind of cracks me up: Rachel has accused her parents of abuse in the past, so someone from child protection services paid her family a visit and hung out at her place for a few hours to see if her accusations held any water. The representative left the house with only one thing to say about the situation at the Canning home:

She was spoiled.

But then again, who's to say that that's exactly how the family behaves. I mean, come on, they're being watched by the parent police, so of course they're going to be on their best behavior. 

I'm not saying that was the case, but it's just a thought.

So, like I mentioned before, Rachel thinks that her parents owe her an education, both a private high-school education and a college education, her claim being solely based on the fact that she was born into their household. In addition to her demands for her tuition to be paid, she wants an allowance of $600 a month, which not only is almost more than what I make in a month, but she already has a job at TGIFridays, so it's not like she's running around with empty pockets.

The legal issue is based on whether she was kicked out or if she left of her own accord. She says that since she was kicked out before she turned 18, she is entitled to financial support. Her parents, who I'm sure would love to help her out if she was being at least remotely respectful both of their rules and their standing as her parents, don't think that she deserves the financial support because she isn't living under their roof—she's living with her friend, whose father, ironically, is the one leading the legal battle against Rachel's parents.

Regardless of who made the ultimate decision on Rachel's leaving, the rules that were set in the Canning household were too much for Rachel to handle, hence her departure.

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The first round goes to the parents, as the judge has ruled against her initial request, agreeing only to consider the topic of college tuition. I want to know what you think. Are children entitled to an education and financial support because they were born into your family, or would you require love and respect before you supported them financially?

What do you think?

You’re Suing Your Parents? For Your Allowance??

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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6 comments

  1. Krystal says:

    Both my husband and I were endentured servents to our parents. They fed & housed us, we did everything else. My mom could barely afford to cover the day to day expenses, so I got financial aid. My husband had to wait until he was 24 before he could go to college because his parents wouldn’t sign off on a loan. Mind you neither of us just up andleft, and our familys probably required more of us then hers did.
    Sounds like the case of a spolied little rich girl who got her hand slapped to me

  2. pumpkin says:

    this whole this is just crazy…. my parents could not afford to put me through college and so i took out loans like any other person could…
    i have been saying this all along, this is a case of poor little rich girl

  3. Stacy says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous. What are parents teaching their children these days that makes them think that everything will be handed to them and if they don’t get it they throw a temper tantrum and sue to get what they want. I had to put myself through college, because my family did not have money or the means for me to go to school. It has been a rough road, but I can at least say I did it through hard work and determination. I think this young lady needs to grow up and realize not everything in life will be handed to her and if she didn’t like her parents rules and moved out then she should be treated like an adult, which means she shouldn’t get anything from mommy and daddy.

  4. Rose says:

    If she wants their support she needs to move back in and follow their rules. When you can’t support yourself you have to suck it up and do as you as told until you can.

  5. mommy nhoj says:

    I personally believe that as parents, my husband & I are responsible to provide for our daughter. That includes sending to college. But we also stand firm that our children RESPECT us as their parents. I hope they will be able to sort things within the family and not through the court!

  6. LIZ says:

    This is hard to believe, life comes back always

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