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Rights of Children in Divorce

05 Jul, 2016

by ChristianWorks

The right to be treated as interested and affected persons, not as pawns or possessions.

The right to love each parent, without feeling guilt, pressure or rejection.

The right to love, care, discipline and protection from both parents.

The right not to be asked to choose sides or decide where they want to live.

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

The right to a positive and constructive on-going relationship with each parent.

The right not to have to make adult decisions.

The right to remain children, without being asked to take on parental responsibilities or to be adult companions or friends to their parents.

The right to the most adequate level of economic support that can be provided by the best efforts of both parents.

The right not to be drawn into the painful games parents play to hurt each other.

The right not to be put in the middle of parents’ battles.

The right to learn appropriate behavior from their parents’ examples.

The right to make friends and participate in school and community activities.

The right to succeed in school and prepare themselves for independence.

The right to know their origins and to form a personal identity based on their experiences.

Adapted from a decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court expanded by Judy Branch, M.S.C.F.C.S. and Lawrence G. Shelton, PhD

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