Several of you e-mailed me suggesting this idea for a Your Turn or to discuss it. It is a really fascinating case and if the teen wins (which she won't) would make parents think twice about asking their kids to leave the house.
Rachel Canning is 18. She has a boyfriend her parents don't approve of because they think he is a bad influence. Rachel comes from an upper income family and had a car her parents purchased for her, goes to a very expensive private school and has a substantial college fund. Rachel left her parents home. That much is agreed. She says they kicked her out. Her parents say she left voluntarily because she didn't want to live by their rules. Now, Rachel with the help of her boyfriend's attorney father is suing her own parents. She wants her car back, payments for her to continue living, her private school tuition paid and access to her college fund because she has been accepted to several universities.
Her parents don't her owe anything. They cut her off. This isn't some movie where the parents decide at the end that the boyfriend is great and make sure their child lives comfortably. She is legally an adult and unless there is some type of written contract where the parents agreed to pay these things for her she is going to be out of luck. She is a high school senior. What she should have done is sucked it up a few months until she graduated from high school and went to college and then she could do whatever she wanted with her boyfriend and just lived by their rules when she was home during breaks. But of course it is high school love and there is no such thing as waiting when your boyfriend wants to see you and her parents are so strict.
Just think about what Lindsay Lohan's life would have been like if she had parents who said no.