Canning moves back home [Commentary]

The New Jersey high school senior who moved in with a friend after disputes with her parents and then sued them for financial support returned home Wednesday. I described this family drama in my Monday column.

Rachel Canning, who left home in October, had asked a judge to require her parents to pay her Catholic high school tuition, her lawyer's fees, her college tuition and more than $650 a week in support. A judge had refused her request for immediate financial relief but had scheduled a full hearing on the matter for April.

There was no explanation for the reconciliation, but Angelo Sarno, who represents Sean and Elizabeth Canning, told reporters, "There is a long road ahead." He said her return home to her parents and younger sisters was not contingent on any financial considerations.

Rachel moved out after family conflict over curfews, drinking, chores and an unwelcome boyfriend had escalated, and the family drama received international attention.

The father of her friend, in whose home she was living, filed the suit on her behalf.

Susan Reimer's column appears on Mondays and Thursdays. She can be reached and @SusanReimer on

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