March 05, 2014
Judge to Spoiled Teenage Brat: Congratulations on Your Emancipation
A New Jersey judge has ruled against a teenager’s request to sue her parents for immediate financial support.Emancipation! Freedom! Would you like an apple pie with that?
Rachel Canning sought immediate relief in the form of $650 (£390) in weekly child support from her parents, and the payment of the remainder of her tuition at Morris Catholic High School, as well as attorney's fees.
But Judge Peter Bogaard denied the 18-year-old’s request, warning that her attempt at suing her parents could create a “potentially slippery slope”.
“We have to ask ourselves, do we want to establish a precedent where parents live in constant fear of enforcing the basic rules of the house,” he said. “If they set a rule a child doesn’t like, the child can move out, move in with another family, seek child support, cars, cell phone and a few hundred grand to go to college.
"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.