A Child's Bill of Rights


District Attorney's OfficeAllison Haley, District Attorney

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A Child's Bill of Rights

A child has a right to:

  • a continuing relationship with both parents.
  • be treated not as a piece of property, but as a human being recognized to have unique feelings, ideas, and desires consistent with that of an individual.
  • continuing care and proper guidance from each parent.
  • not to be unduly influenced by either parent to view the other parent differently.
  • express love, friendship, and respect for both parents: freedom for having to hide those stated emotions or made to be ashamed of such.
  • an explanation that the impending action of divorce was in no way caused by the child's actions.
  • not to be the subject an/or source of any and all arguments.
  • continuing, honest feedback with respect to the divorce process and its impact on the changing relationships of the family.
  • maintain regular contact with both parents and a clear explanation for any change in plans and/or cancellations.
  • enjoy a pleasurable relationship with both parents, never to be employed as a manipulative bargaining tool.