Families Change Kids Guide to Separation & Divorce

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Rights and Responsibilities

Skye: You have the right to:

  • Feel the way you feel about your parents splitting up.
  • Share and talk about your feelings.
  • Ask questions about what is going to happen and why.
  • Love and be loved by both parents.
  • Feel safe.
  • Talk to someone if you need help.
  • Not take sides.
  • Not carry messages between your parents.
  • Not hear your parents say bad things about each other.
  • Not have grown-up worries.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Show your feelings in a way that doesn’t hurt other people or things.
  • Speak up if your parents are asking you to do things that don’t feel right.
  • Ask for help if you need it.

It is your parents’ responsibility to:

  • Take care of you and keep you safe even though they live apart.
  • Let you spend time with both parents and others who are important to you.
  • Listen to what you say, even if they can’t always do what you want them to.
  • Answer important questions when you ask, such as where you are going to live, or about money. Talk to each other with respect in front of you.
  • Talk to each other about the things that involve you.