N.J. judge seems skeptical of teen’s tuition request

MORRIS COUNTY, N.J. — A judge denied the initial request of a northern New Jersey honor student who has sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home, and cautioned that the case could lead to a ‘‘potentially slippery slope’’ of claims by teenagers against their parents.

Rachel Canning had sought immediate relief in the form of $650 in weekly child support and the payment of the remainder of her tuition at Morris Catholic High School, as well as attorney’s fees.

State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard denied those motions but ordered the parties to return to court on April 22, when they will present evidence and testimony on the question of whether the Cannings are obligated to financially support their daughter. Rachel Canning has already been accepted by at least one college and is seeking to have her parents pay some or all of her tuition, attorney Tanya Helfand told Bogaard Tuesday.


Bogaard sounded skeptical of some of the claims in the lawsuit, saying it could lead to teens ‘‘thumbing their noses’’ at their parents, leaving home, and then asking for financial support.

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‘‘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.

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