1. The right to love and be loved by both of my parents without feeling pressure or disapproval.
2. The right to love as many people as I want (step-parents, relatives, etc.) without guilt or being made to feel disloyal.
3. The right to be parented by both parents, regardless of adults’ concerns about money or their feelings.
4. The right to express my feelings about the breakup, such as sadness, fear, anger and to have both parents listen to how I feel.
5. The right to be kept out of the middle of my parents’ conflict, including the right not to pick sides, carry messages, or hear complaints about the other parent. The right not to make adult decisions.
6. The right to remain a child, without being responsible for the burden of either of my parents’ emotional problems or to be an adult companion, friend, or comforter to my parents.
7. The right to know in advance about important changes that will affect my life; for example, when one of my parents is going to move or get remarried.
9. The right to receive love, care, discipline, and protection from both my parents.
10. The right to the most adequate level of economic support that can be provided by both parents that is as close as possible to what it would have been if my parents stayed together.
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