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New Jersey teen who sued parents returns home

Rachel Canning, an 18-year-old who is suing her parents in New Jersey, is seen in an undated photo.

March 12, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A New Jersey teenager, who sued to have her parents financially support her after she moved out of their house, has returned home.

The family's lawyer says 18-year-old Rachel Canning's return is not contingent on financial or other considerations. The teen apparently decided to reunite with her family after talking to her mother on Tuesday. The family is now requesting privacy.

A state judge Wednesday denied a request from Canning's attorney asking for a court-appointed guardian for the 18-year-old to be paid for by her parents. The denied application for immediate relief also requested that the courtroom be closed for future hearings, the records sealed and all parties prohibited from speaking to the media.

Canning's attorney says it's important that her client doesn't have pressure from the media or her parents if she decides to dismiss the issue.

Last week, a judge denied the teen's request for child support and to have her parents pay her remaining private high school tuition. But the judge set an April court date to consider the over-arching question of whether her parents are obligated to financially support their adult daughter.

Canning left her parents' house on Oct. 30, two days before she turned 18. In court filings, her parents, retired Lincoln Park police Chief Sean Canning and his wife, Elizabeth, said their daughter voluntarily left home because she didn't want to follow what they called reasonable house rules, such as following curfew and being respectful.

The teenager had been living with her best friend's family since moving out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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