Children's Bill of Rights

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“The Children’s Bill of Rights During Family Conflicts” was compiled by the Child Centered Solutions team and highlights the specific rights of children during their parents’ divorce, affording both parent and child the opportunity to acknowledge and respect the liberties of the child.

Child Centered Solutions believes that the child is the most important person involved in any family dispute; unfortunately, the child is often the person whose needs are neglected. “The Children’s Bill of Rights” helps parents maintain focus on their child during difficult family conflicts.

Parents are encouraged to continue to talk to their child. Signing “the Bill of Rights” is the beginning, not the end.

Children’s Bill of Rights During Family Conflicts

  1. The right not to be asked to “choose sides” between my Mom and Dad.
  2. The right to express, or not express, my feelings.
  3. The right to have a unique relationship with each of my parents without the other making me feel guilty about it.
  4. The right to freely and privately communicate with both my Mom and Dad, and to not be asked frequent questions by either parent about the other.
  5. The right to be treated as a person and not a pawn, possession, or negotiating chip.
  6. The right not to be expected to be a spy or messenger.
  7. The right not to hear either Mom or Dad say bad things about the other.
  8. The right to have my life change as little as possible while my Mom and Dad work out their problems.
  9. The right to have my own life and remain a child.
  10. The right to expect you to be my parents, not my friend.
  11. The right not to be expected to be my parents’ confidante or companion.
  12. The right to have what is in my best interest protected at all times.

You can download a copy of the Children’s Bill of Rights to print out and sign by clicking here.