Children’s Bill of Rights in Divorce

Children’s Bill of Rights in Divorce*

  1. The right to be treated as a person and not as a pawn or possession.

  2. The right to get emotional support from both parents.

  3. The right to spend time with each parent.

  4. The right to avoid being caught in the middle.

  5. The right to avoid the painful games parents play to hurt each other.

  6. The right to love each parent, without feeling disloyal or guilty.

  7. The right to express feelings about the divorce, such as anger, sadness, or fear.

  8. The right to remain a child, without being asked to take on parental responsibilities.

  9. The right to know they didn’t cause the divorce.

  10. The right to the best financial support that can be provided by both parents.

*Adapted from a decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Source:  The Aging Institute of Beach Acres