Helping Families Understand The Rights Of Children During Divorce

No matter how hard you may try, your children will likely feel the effects of any hostility between you and your spouse as you go through divorce. Perhaps you feel the temptation to belittle your spouse in front of your children to gain favor. Or maybe you have asked your child to carry messages back and forth between you and your spouse. Whether you have engaged in these or other behaviors, it's important to consider the long-term consequences your actions will have on your children and the relationships they maintain with you and your soon-to-be former spouse.

Focused On Protecting The Best Interests Of Children During Divorce

The first priority of any family law lawyer should be to protect the rights and best interests of any children involved in a difficult divorce. At The Law Office of Lauren S. Cohen, LLC, I stress the importance of protecting young children during divorce and attempt to educate parents on New York's Children's Bill of Rights for Children Whose Parents Are Separated. I provide a pamphlet to parents outlining options for setting aside toxic emotions and actions to better ensure their children move through the divorce process as painlessly as possible.

You can review additional information regarding the family law courts by visiting www.nycourts.gov. Below is an outline of the Children's Bill of Rights:

  • The right not to be asked to choose sides between their parents.
  • The right not to be told the details of bitter or nasty 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 the legal proceedings between the parties.
  • 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.

Whether you are just beginning to explore your options for obtaining a divorce or have already been served with papers, it's time to consider how your choices will affect your children. By working with me, attorney Lauren S. Cohen, you will have access to the insight and resources I've accrued over nearly 35 years of practice. With my help, you can gain perspective on how to protect your parent-child relationship while providing your children with the emotional support they need.

An Attorney Committed To You And Your Children

Take a moment, reach out, and learn more about the rights of children during divorce in New York. From my offices in Binghamton and Johnson City, I work with clients throughout Broome County and the surrounding New York communities. Call 607-821-0100 or toll free at 866-539-2596. You can also send email by completing an Internet contact form.

The Bill of Rights For Children Whose Parents Are Separated is listed on the website for the New York State Office of Court Administration. Located at: https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/6jd/tompkins/family/rights.shtml