Divorce is a physically, emotionally and financially draining experience for many people. Often times, many people forget that children have certain rights in these very adult conflicts. We present the following as a guide for those experiencing divorce with the hopes that they will assist all parties to focus on the most important aspect of any divorce - the children.
BILL OF RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE SEPARATED OR DIVORCED
The right not to be asked to "Choose Sides" between their parents.
The right not to be told the details of bitter or nasty legal proceedings going on between their parents.
The right not to be told "Bad Things" about the other parent's personality or character.
The right to privacy when talking to either parent on the telephone.
The right not to be cross-examined by one parent after spending time with the other parent.
The right not to be asked to be a messenger from one parent to the other.
The right not to be asked by one parent to tell the other parent untruths.
The right not to be used as a confidant regarding legal proceedings between the parents.
The right to express feelings, whatever those feelings may be.
The right to choose not to express certain feelings.
The right to be protected from parental warfare.
The right not to be made to feel guilty for loving both parents.
The process of divorce can cause the strongest parent to harbor self-doubts and confusion. All parents have made and will make mistakes with their children. Continue to convey your strength as well as your love to your child.