MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CNN) — A high school cheerleader who’s suing her own parents won’t get any money for now.
It was the first time that high school senior Rachel Canning had laid eyes on her parents in more than four months. Now they are facing off in a New Jersey courtroom.
The honors student suing them for financial support and tuition.
Emotions were high as the judge read an apologetic email Canning sent her parents a week before leaving home.
But the relationship was rocky. Canning’s parents say the 18-year-old wouldn’t listen and went out drinking all night with her boyfriend.
At one point leaving her mother a profanity-laced voicemail.
After Canning was suspended from private school for missing class, her parents say they had to lay down some rules.
First, get rid of the boyfriend. Something she refused to do.
Canning left home citing emotional and verbal abuse, which her parents deny.
They say they want her to come home. Now living with a friend’s family, she wants her parents to pay for living expenses, high school, and college.
Legal experts say she may have a shot.
“If you continue your education, go to college or higher learning education, New Jersey says you are not emancipated — as long as you are within the sphere of influence of your parents,” family law attorney Stephanie Hagan said.
Parental influence was on the judge’s mind as he discussed the potential impact of this case.
“Are we going to condone or open the gates to a 12-year-old to sue for an X-Box, Or how about a 15-year-old asking for a 60-inch flat panel TV?” New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard asked.
The judge denied Rachel’s request for emergency funds, and set a date for an extended hearing on the case in April.
The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency investigated and determined allegations of emotional abuse were unfounded.