(NEWSER) – New Jersey's Caitlyn Ricci appeared to take inspiration from Rachel Canning when she sued her parents for college tuition earlier this year—but Ricci won.
The 21-year-old hasn't spoken to her divorced parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, since February 2013, when she moved out of her mother's home and in with her paternal grandparents. Those grandparents are the ones who paid for her lawyer, 6ABC reports. The judge cited a New Jersey legal precedent that states divorced parents bear responsibility for their child's college education, regardless of that child's age, in ordering the parents to pay $16,000 toward Ricci's tuition at Pennsylvania's Temple University in this and future years. The parents haven't paid, and are appealing.