Child Custody Rights: Guidelines To Avoid Any
Conflicts Or Even Legal Violations
By: Jane C. Smith|LRL Editor
What 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:
These child custody rights should be followed strictly to avoid any
conflicts or even legal violations.
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
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
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
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