All Children Shall Enjoy The Following
The right to be treated as important human beings, with unique
feelings, ideas and desires and not as a source of argument between
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
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
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
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
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).