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Children’s Bill of Rights

Children have the right to expect their parents to fulfill their responsibilities to them.  This Children’s Bill of Rights will help guide you during your separation or divorce.

  1. Children have the right to love and be loved by both parents without feeling guilty, pressured, disapproved of or rejected about seeing their mom or dad at any time, particularly during difficult times such as separation and divorce.
  2. Children have the right to understand that Separation and Divorce are not their fault.
  3. Children have the right to be children and shouldn’t worry about adult problems.  Children can’t fix their parents problems.
  4. Children have the right to express their feelings appropriately to either parent and to expect their parents to listen.
  5. Children have the right to not have to choose one parent over the other.  Children’s feelings and their opinions are important.
  6. Children have the right to be protected from their parents’ anger towards one another and to be in a safe environment.  No one is allowed to put children in danger, either physically or emotionally.
  7. Children have the right to spend time with or speak with family members who love them; grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or step-parents without guilt and being made to feel disloyal.
  8. Children have the right not to be caught in the middle of their parents break-up and not to pick sides, pass on messages or hear complaints about the other parent.
  9. Children have the right to have a regular daily and weekly routine which is not filled with unpredictable disruptions, problems or unpleasant surprises.
  10. Children have the right to have a life that is as close as possible to what it would have been if their parents had stayed together.
  11. Children have the right to reasonable financial support during their childhood and throughout their college/university years.
  12. Children have the right not to be responsible for the emotional needs of either their mom or their dad or be their personal companion.

The hard part is not knowing what to do.  The harder part is doing it.

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