Children and teens whose parents are separated or divorced have:
• The right not to be asked to “choose sides” between parents.
• The right not to be told the details of the legal proceedings going on between their parents.
• The right not to be told “bad things” about the other parent’s personality or character.
• The right to privacy when talking to either parent on the telephone.
• The right not to be “cross-examined” by one parent after spending time with the other parent.
• The right not to be asked to be a messenger from one parent to the other.
• The right not to be asked by one parent to tell the other parent untruths.
• The right not to be used as a confidant regarding adult matters.
• The right to express feelings, whatever those feelings may be.
• The right to choose NOT to express certain feelings.
• The right to be protected from parental “warfare.”
• The right not to be made to feel guilty for loving both parents.
Source: NYS Parent Education & Awareness Program