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Child’s Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights for Children Whose Parents are Separated or Divorced

 

  1. The right not to be asked to choose sides between their parents.
  2. The right not to be told the details of bitter or nasty legal proceedings going on between their parents.
  3. The right not to be told bad things about the other parent’s personality or character.
  4. The right to privacy when talking to either adult.
  5. The right not to be cross-examined by one parent after spending time with the other.
  6. The right not to be asked to be a messenger from one parent to another.
  7. The right not to be asked by one parent to tell lies to the other.
  8. The right not to be used as a confidant regarding the legal proceedings between the parents.
  9. The right to express feelings, whatever those feelings are.
  10. The right NOT to express certain feelings.
  11. The right to be protected from parental warfare.
  12. The right not to feel guilty for loving BOTH parents.

Provided by: Al Frankel, LCSW – Divorce Mediator