Waukesha County

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Children's Bill of Rights in a Divorce/Legal Separation

Ten basic rights were established by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for children whose parents are divorcing/legally separating or already divorced/separated. They include:

  1. The right to be treated as an interested and affected person and not as a pawn or possession.
  2. The right to love each parent without feeling guilt, pressure, or rejection.
  3. The right to love, care, discipline, and protection from both parents.
  4. The right to not chose sides or be asked to decide where they want to live.
  5. The right to express their feelings about the divorce, such as anger, sadness or fear.
  6. The right to a positive and constructive ongoing relationship with each parent.
  7. The right to not make adult decisions.
  8. The right to remain a child, without being asked to take on parental responsibilities or be an adult companion or friend to parents.
  9. The right to the most adequate level of economic support that can be provided by the best efforts of both parents.
  10. The right to not participate in the painful games parents play to hurt each other or be put in the middle of their battles.