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Townsend's Legal Resources
Children's Bill of Rights
The right to be treated as an interested and
affected person and not as a pawn, possession, or either or chattel of either or both
- The right to grow to maturity as a competent, responsible citizen.
- The right to the affection, care, discipline and protection of both
- The right to know both parents, and to have the benefit of each
parent's love and guidance.
- The right to a positive and constructive relationship with both
parents, with neither parent to be permitted to degrade or downgrade the other in the mind
of the child.
- The right to have moral and ethical values developed by precept and
practices and have limits set for behavior,so that the child, early in life, may develop
self-discipline and self control.
- The right to the most adequate level of economic support that can be
provided by the best efforts of both parents.
- The right to the same opportunities for education that the child
would have had if the family unit had not been broken.
- The right to the periodic review of custodial arrangements and child
support of the child may have.
- The right to the recognition that children involved in divorce are
always disadvantaged parties, and that the law must take affirmative steps to preserve
their welfare and protect their interests.