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Special Referee Phillips

PETITIONER, BORN in 1985, sought child support from respondent father. She resided with respondent after her parents’ divorce. In December 2001 she gave birth to twins. Petitioner, her boyfriend and the twins lived in respondent’s home until August 2003, when the respondent asked them to leave after petitioner and her boyfriend had a fight that caused damage to his home and broke home furnishings. Although respondent subsequently requested that petitioner return to his home – without her boyfriend – the petitioner refused to do so. The court denied petitioner’s support motion, finding that she voluntarily emancipated herself and that respondent was no longer responsible for her care. It determined that respondent had the right to impose reasonable regulations on his daughter, including the refusal to allow her boyfriend to return to his home. Pursuant to Matter of Parker v. Stage, petitioner’s refusal to return to her father’s household in accordance with his regulations was without cause.

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