I would like to say thank you for the job you did for me with the divorce. I thought you did a great job and that you were extremely professional. - C.H.
Dallas Children's Rights Lawyer
Helping Children Through the Divorce of Their Parents
When married parents get divorced or when unmarried parents break up, children often feel caught in the middle. They may blame themselves and engage in self-destructive or outwardly destructive behavior as a way to cope. Most couples, no matter how much they disagree about things, still agree on one thing: their children should be exposed to as little stress as possible and should not be made to feel any guilt about the situation.
At O'Neil & Attorneys, we provide parents with the common sense, compassionate advice that they need to help their children through a divorce or the end of a non-marital relationship. Our goal is to shield children as much as possible from any hostility that may exist between the parents. With more than 20 years of family law experience, we understand how to approach these sensitive situations and strive to resolve them quickly whenever possible.
Understanding the Rights of Children
As Dallas children's rights attorneys, we believe in the ideas set forth in the Children's Bill of Rights, written by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Our practice is devoted to helping parents and children understand some of these basic, yet critically important, ideas:
- Children have the right to love both parents: A child should never be made to feel guilty about wanting to see either parent at any time.
- Children have the right to have feelings: It is perfectly natural for a child to experience a range of emotions, including anger and sadness.
- Children have the right to be safe: If a parent is harming a child, whether through physical or emotional abuse, the child is free to tell the other parent or another trusted adult.
- Children should not be put in the middle: The parents' breakup is about them as parents. Kids should not have to bear the burden of worry and stress.
- Relatives can be part of a child's life: Even when a child lives with one parent most of the time, he or she can still see relatives from the other side of the family.
- Let kids be kids: Let your kids focus on school, their friends or anything that brings them joy. The issues you have with the other parent should be separate.
Contact a Texas Children's Rights Attorney
Whether you are a young person seeking answers or a parent struggling to do what's best for your child, we can help you understand what you are facing. To speak with a compassionate family law attorney, please call 972- 499-4558 or toll free 866-959-4330. You can also contact us online.