Understanding the Children’s Bill of Rights

During a divorce in Kentucky, children often end up forgotten or overlooked because parents are too focused on their own needs and situations. While many parents try to keep their kids’ well-being in mind, it is very easy to slip into bad habits that can have detrimental effects on a child. In an effort to help children whose parents are divorcing, there has been a move to create and implement a Children’s Bill of Rights.

According to First Focus, this list of rights is not intended merely for divorce situations. It is applicable to children at all points in their lives. However, it can be especially helpful when there is a situation where children may suffer harm or where they are at risk for instability in their environment, such as during a divorce.

As noted by the Children’s Rights Council, the Children’s Bill of Rights is divided into sections based on specific needs that should be met. These needs or core areas include things like communication, freedom of choice, expression of love and a sense of security. Under each core area are specific statements outlining what a child should be able to expect from his or her caregivers.

Some of the items include being able to talk with both parents whenever they want, not being used or involved in parental arguments, being able to express feelings openly, having input in living arrangements and other major decisions that will affect their lives and being allowed to love and have a relationship with each parent. While the Children’s Bill of Rights is not a law, it is a nice guideline that all parents should keep in mind when they are going through a divorce.

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