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Child Custody Rights: Guidelines To Avoid Any Conflicts Or Even Legal Violations

By: Jane C. Smith|LRL Editor

Child Custody LawsWhat is lost in a custody battle over child custody rights is the child. At the same time parents fight each other concerning child custody rights, the child looses his or her opportunity to put across what they really feel. Fortunately, different court systems started taking this into consideration around the mid-eighties.

From then on, there were several protective measures which have been implemented to guarantee that the child's desires are taken into consideration. A comprehensive list was created by the Wisconsin Supreme Court which provided guidelines for people concerning child custody rights.

Later on, this set of guidelines was recognized and followed within each of the state court systems. This article provides an overview of the guidelines concerning child custody rights:

One right that a child is granted is to continue his or her association with each parent. He/she should receive guidance, support and care from each party as demanded.

The child is at liberty to preserve regular contact with a parent not granted the custody. The child should also be given complete and truthful explanation if there are changes or cancellations in visitation schedules.

A child is also given the right to have their feelings, opinions and ideas considered in all discussions pertaining to their welfare. In this case, the child should not in any other way be treated like an item for bargaining as related to the settlement of the divorce.

A child should not in any way be prevented from expressing their feelings of friendship, love and adoration for his or her parent. They should not be ashamed or frightened to express affectionate feelings towards the other parent. Both parties should also respect the feelings the child project to one party and the other.

The child also has the right to hear the reason behind the divorce. He/she should also be given the assurance that they are not at fault for the separation of the two parties. It is also important to remember that it is not advisable or even allowable for the parents to blame the child for any argument taking place between the two parties.

It is also not allowable for any parent to negatively influence the child so as to gain his or her favor or change their thinking towards the other parent. This takes in relaying false information about the activities of the other party or obliging the child to result to an act that is intended to adversely influence the relation of the child with the other parent.


These child custody rights should be followed strictly to avoid any conflicts or even legal violations. 

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