A Lincoln Park, New Jersey, cheerleader and honor student who is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition, lost the first round of her lawsuit on Tuesday. A judge ruled that she's not -- at least immediately -- entitled to $624-a-week in child support, nor will she have automatic access to her savings for college.
The case involves 18-year-old Rachel Canning and her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning. She maintains her parents kicked her out of their house, but her parents say she left on her own accord.
The lawsuit is something of a pickle for Morristown Superior Court Judge Peter Bogaard. He set an April 22nd hearing date at which time he'll hear from witnesses and decide whether or not the teen in entitled to financial support, including college tuition, from her estranged parents.
Yet Bogaard is also concerned that the case might set legal precedent in which children could sue their parents if the parents "insist on a rule that Junior doesn't like."
Bogaard asked, "What will the next step be? Are we going to open the gates to a 12-year-old suing for an Xbox?"