Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rachel Canning CANNOT Force Her Parents To Give Her Money!

If you've been following the news for the last couple of days, you heard about Rachel Canning, the 18 year old cheerleader who like, totally deserves her mommy and daddy's money...so she sued them for it.

Okay, there's more to the story than that. Rachel, a student at a private high school, maintains that her parents kicked her out of the house. However, her parents tell a different story - their daughter was unwilling to live by their rules, so she moved out. And then sued her parents because they stopped paying her high school tuition and wouldn't fork over her college fund. And she wants to go to an expensive private school, not the one she got a scholarship to attend.

There were a couple other key points I read throughout the course of my research:
  • Her parents stopped paying her high school tuition. While I side with her parents on almost every issue, this one bothers me. But, Rachel did choose to move out, is 18 and can make her own choices, so I guess her parents don't have to pay up.
  • The stories vary, but Rachel's legal counsel is funded bu the parent of the friend she's living with. And when Rachel sued her parents, she sued for the 'extensive' legal fees that he 'fronted' to Rachel. So this dad (a lawyer) and her actual lawyer win this case no matter what. Why? If they won, they got cash. If they lost, they got all the fame that came with this ridiculous case.
  • Rachel spending time with her 'loser' boyfriend is part of the issue between her and her parents. Um, hello, Rachel....learn to sneak around like the rest of us did.
  • A state worker had visited the Canning home recently and determined that Rachel was a spoiled brat, so, not abused or anything like it.
  • Rachel's parents have money, so like, they totally owe it to her. (Insert hair twirl here.) I do believe parents should pay for their kids' education if they can, but if the kid can't wait the extra few months before college without jumping ship, they don't owe her anything.
  • It appears that Rachel has siblings, so the house can't be that bad if she was willing to leave them there and / or they don't want to leave.

Anyway, the trial happened today, and shocker, RACHEL LOST. Well, sort of.

Per ABC.com:

A New Jersey family court judge ruled today that Rachel Canning’s parents do not have to pay her high school tuition after she sued them to cover her schooling and living costs.
The judge delayed a ruling on whether the parents must pay the 18-year-old student’s college tuition while asking lawyers to consider whether it’s wise to “establish precedent where parents live in fear of establishing rules of the house?"
The judge also denied her request for attorney fees, although ruling that the parents should continue with weekly allowance and "child support" payments to their daughter.
The next hearing is scheduled for April 22. 

So, wait...the parents are still giving her an allowance? And I heard they're still handing over her college fund...so what is this girl talking about? She's claiming her parents are awful and abusive...but I bet in her book, that just means they won't give the honors student her car back and unlimited funds.

I know there are three sides to every story: the first person's, the second person's and the truth, but I somehow thing Rachel needs counseling before she's handed any more cash. You're entitled to hate your parents, which is perfectly fine. But you can't hate them and demand unlimited cash at the same time.

Oh yeah, and newsflash, Rachel Canning - clearly this story was fed to the media, because this could have been done quietly. If your plan to go to a good school was to get a good job, keep dreaming. Employers search for info about potential applicants online, and now, you are so screwed.

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