Children’s Bill of Rights

Putting Children’s Interests First

After your divorce in Texas, one of the court’s top priorities is protecting the well-being of children by putting their interests first. Our court system takes this duty very seriously and put into action the Texas Children’s Bill of Rights. This bill provides clear language about the rights of children who have two homes. Mainly, this is to protect the relationships your child or children have with both sides of their family. Doing so also keeps them separate from any negative exposure to the divorced parents situation.

The Children’s Bill of Rights is a comprehensive list of 31 bullet points. We’ll cover a few, but each one outlines behavior that’s expected of all adults in a child’s life. Essentially, it’s a summary list of “do’s and don’ts.” It can really help things run smoothly in custody cases, and following the Bill of Rights can help your kids stay happier throughout the divorce process.

Parent Requirements For Children

If you look at Texas Bill 81(R) HB 188 , it’s pretty comprehensive. Let’s take a look at some important highlights from the Bill:

  • Neither parent will deny their children a reasonable amount of phone time with any other important adult in their lives. This includes the right to reasonable privacy and to the absence of unnecessarily rigid rules and parameters.
  • Both parents are required to keep arguments, negotiations, and other substantive legal or business discussions out of the children’s hearing.
  • Both parents shall refrain from saying or writing derogatory comments about each other and from engaging in abusive, foul, or coarse language of any kind when the children can overhear.
  • Neither parent shall pressure or attempt to pressure the children regarding their personal opinions about the divorce.
  • The children must be permitted to display photos and other personal memorabilia for either parent (as the children see fit) in their own rooms or spaces.
  • Both parents must openly acknowledge that their children have two loving homes, and each parent must cooperate – to the greatest extent practicable – to allow the other parent shared time with the children.

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