As part of a series of articles about divorce, the Tampa Bay Examiner takes the opportunity to reprint one version of the Children’s Bill of Rights. There are many versions, that express similar sentiments in somewhat different ways.
Any version is worth every separating parent’s review:
- The right to be treated as important human beings, with unique feelings, ideas and desires, and not as a source of argument between parents.
- The right to a continuing relationship with both parents and the freedom to receive love from and express love for both.
- The right to express love and affection for each parent without having to stifle that love because of fear of disapproval by the other parent.
- The right to know that their parents’ decision to divorce is not their responsibility and that they will live with one parent and visit the other.
- The right to continuing care and guidance from both parents.
- The right to honest answers to questions about the changing family relationships.
- The right to know and appreciate what is good in each parent without one parent degrading the other.
- The right to have a relaxed, secure relationshp with both parents without being placed in a position to manipulate one parent against the other.
- The right to have the custodial parent not undermine visitation by suggesting tempting alternatives or by threatening to withhold visitation as a punishment for the children’s wrongdoing.
- The right to be able to experience regular and consistent visitation and the right to know the reason for cancelled visits.