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A Child's Rights in Divorce

Posted: April 26, 2006 by Franklin Radoff

Children have the right to love whom they choose, without guilt, pressure of rejection.

Children have the right to love as many people as they want (step-parents, relatives, etc.) without guilt or being made to feel disloyal--for the more love they give, the more they have to give and the more they receive.

Children have the right to have a regular daily and weekly routine, one that is not filled with alternating patterns and disruption.

Children have the right to visit both parents, regardless of adult wants and wishes regarding convenience, money or their feelings.

Children own visitation; it is their right, not the right of their parents.

Children have the right to be angry, sad, and fearful and to express that.

Children have the right to like both parents, since they are both part of them, and to be reassured that this is OK.

Children have the right not have to blame or choose sides.

Children have the right not to have to make adult decisions.

Children have the right to remain children, and not to replace a parent in their duties or to be an adult companion, friend or comforter to their parents.

Children have the right not to ever have to choose with whom they live.  This is a decision for wise adults.  Having to make such a choice will always hurt someone else and, therefore, the child.  They have this right even when they're teenagers and parents wish they were able to--They should never have choose between their parents.