The Child's Bill of Rights

The judicial system in each state considers numerous factors in arriving at a final and proper child custody arrangement. After reviewing all of these factors, the Wisconsin Supreme Court devised a guideline for a child's rights. These basic rights are upheld in all 50 states:

The 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 from 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 and/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.

Provided by

Searching for more answers? Get personal advice from other women like you on the Divorce Support message boards:

Back to Divorce Main Page
Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web