All Children Shall Enjoy The Following Inalienable Rights: 

  • 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 sense of security and belonging derived from a loving and nurturing environment which shelters them from harm. 

  • The right to a continuing relationship with both parents and the freedom to receive love from and express love for both. 

  • The right to ‘listening parents’ 

  • 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 grow and flourish in an atmosphere free of exploitation, abuse and neglect. 

  • The right to know that their parents' decision to divorce is not their responsibility and that they will still be able to live with each parent. 

  • The right to continuing care and guidance from both parents where they can be educated in mind, nourished in spirit, and developed in body, in an environment of unconditional love. 

  • 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 relationship with both parents without being placed in a position to manipulate one parent against the other. 

  • The right to have one parent not undermine time with the other parent by suggesting tempting alternatives or by threatening to withhold activities with the other parent as a punishment for the children's wrongdoing. 

  • The right to be able to experience regular and consistent parental contact and the right to know the reason for not having regular contact. 

  • The right to be a kid and to be insulated from the conflict and problems of parents. 

  • The right to be taught, according to their developmental levels, to understand values, to assume responsibility for their actions, and to cope with the just consequences of their choices. 

  • The right to be able to participate in their own destiny. 

Taken from the website of the Children's Rights Council (Reprinted From Putting Kids First: Walking Away From a Marriage Without Walking Over the Kids by Michael Oddenino, attorney for the Children's Rights Council).

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