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Protect your child's rights when you divorce

Children usually have a rough time when their parents go through a divorce. Even though it is easy for the adults to focus on the logistical matters of the split, they need to ensure that the children have what they need to thrive. There are some specific rights that should be nonnegotiable for the kids.

One of the most important rights is that they be allowed to be children. They don't need to know all of the details about the divorce. They shouldn't be sounding boards for either parent to air out their grievances. Instead, they should be encouraged to have fun and spend time with friends. They need to be able to focus on things outside of their parents' divorce.

Another right that must be respected is that the children must be able to build a relationship with both parents. This means that they should be allowed to communicate with both and spend time with them. On top of the relationships with the parents, they must also be able to build them with other family members, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Throughout the divorce and afterward, the children should be provided with opportunities to express their feelings. Younger children must be helped with this so that they can learn appropriate ways to handle the frustration, disappointment and other emotions that come with this situation.

Adding these rights into the parenting plan might help ensure that they are complied with. This can help provide the children with the stability and consistency that might help them as they learn to live with the new way of life.

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