What is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

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What is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

What is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

 

In an effort to assist parents with making good choices regarding what should and should not be done concerning children going through a separation or divorce, the Court has created a document known as the Children’s Bill of Rights.  It reads as follows:

 

 

  1. The right not to be asked to “choose sides” or be put in a situation where I would have to   take sides between my parents.
  2. The right to be treated as a person and not as a pawn, possession or a negotiating chip.
  3. The right to freely and privately communicate with both parents.
  4. The right not to be asked questions by one parent about the other.
  5. The right not to be a messenger.
  6. The right to express my feelings.
  7. The right to adequate visitation with the non-custodial parent which will best serve my needs and wishes.
  8. The right to love and have a relationship with both parents without being made to feel guilty.
  9. The right not to hear either parent say anything bad about the other.
  10. The right to the same educational opportunities and economic support that I would have had if my parents did not divorce.
  11. The right to have what is in my best interests protected at all times.
  12. The right to maintain my status as a child and not to take on adult responsibilites for the sake of the parent’s well being.
  13. The right to request consistent parenting at a time when little in my life seems constant or secure.
  14. The right to expect healthy relationship modeling, despite the recent events.
  15. The right to request my parents seek appropriate emotional and social support when needed.
  16. The right to expect the utmost when taking the time and steps needed to secure a healthy adjustment to the current situation.

While the Children’s Bill of Rights is not always specifically included with divorce agreements, nevertheless it provides a good framework in any case with children of any age.

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