Anyone who has been involved in a divorce, is the child of divorce, or is acquainted with someone who has been through a divorce knows that things can get real ugly, real fast. In child custody cases or paternity cases, the adult participants can become so engrossed in their own emotional needs, passions, and desires that the needs of the children are sometimes ignored or forgotten. Those children, who do not always have the emotional coping skills necessary to weather a divorce, should be protected. And as it turns out, they are protected under the Child’s Bill of rights.
This document has been especially created and endorsed as the standard set of guidelines for treatment of children who are victims of divorce or paternity legal battles. This country was built on the notion that people have inalienable rights to live free and pursue happiness in life. These rights were fought for and people gave their lives in hope of gaining for themselves, their families, or their countrymen these very inalienable rights. All U.S. citizens can claim protection under the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, better known as the Bill of Rights. It was this very idea of protection from which the Child’s Bill of Rights was created.
Originally designed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Child’s Bill of Rights was established and endorsed by the courts in all 50 states. It is a document which outlines and ensures fair treatment for the sometimes forgotten victims of divorce–the children. This document states that parents who divorce will not hinder the child having a continuing relationship with both parents, that kids will not be treated as pieces of property, but that they will be recognized to have unique feelings and desires. The document also states that children can count on the ongoing care and get proper guidance from both parents and that they will not be unduly influenced by either parent to view the other parent differently.
Other important aspects of this Child’s Bill of Rights are for the parents to provide an explanation that the divorce or break-up was in no way caused by the child’s actions, a continued need to freely express love and respect for both parents, and the freedom from having to hide or be ashamed of these emotions. Kids are having to go through enough turmoil and trauma when parents decide to divorce. These kids do not equipped to handle the separation of parents or dissolution of family. Kids need security, especially when they are going through what they may see as the end of their world. A Child’s Bill of Rights is designed to remind adults that sometimes kids deserve a little extra care, concern, and consideration.