The Collins Law Firm, P.C.
Schedule A Free Consultation Today Call: 757-818-9539

Rights children have after a divorce

Children of divorce in Virginia often experience a wide range of emotions when a marriage comes to an end. Parents may be able to make the transition to a two-household life easier by being mindful of unofficial "rights" that their children have after a marriage ends.

First of all, children of divorce have a right not to be affected by lingering anger that divorced parents may have toward one another. This means parents should not to openly bad-mouth their former spouse and not discourage their child from enjoying time with the other parent, even if stepparents or new significant others are part of the picture. Also, kids tend to appreciate being reminded that the divorce was not their fault and that there was nothing they could have done to prevent it.

While kids have a right to honest answers when they ask divorce-related questions, parents are encouraged to avoid sharing too much information, especially if children are younger. Children also have a right to express both positive and negative thoughts about the end of their parents' marriage while also having their feelings validated. At the same time, parents are reminded not to take it personally if a child has certain moments when they prefer to spend some time with one parent instead of the other one. Lastly, parents are encouraged to be flexible with schedules and to allow kids to be kids by not burdening them with the responsibility of handling communication between former spouses.

Should disagreements with visitation and other arrangements occur, parents are typically encouraged to make an effort to work things out informally among themselves. If this isn't possible, a child custody attorney may become involved, especially if there are issues with preventing children from seeing the non-custodial parent during scheduled visits. A lawyer may also discuss options with child custody agreement modifications if necessary.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A Free Consultation Today!

To arrange a free initial consultation with our experienced Virginia lawyers, contact The Collins Law Firm, P.C., at 757-818-9539. You may also complete our online form, and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Contact Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Collins Law Firm, P.C. Call Today: 757-818-9539 Fax: 757-483-6684

Portsmouth, VA
5709 Churchland Blvd., Suite A
Portsmouth, VA 23703

Get More Info

Chesapeake, VA
(by appointment only)
828 Greenbrier Parkway
Ste 210
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Get More Info

Emporia, VA
(by appointment only)
155 Spring Street
Emporia, VA 23847

GET MORE INFO

Virginia Beach, VA
(by appointment only)
701 Independence Circle
Ste 202
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Get More Info