Parenting after separation can be really hard for some families. Both parents want what is best for their children but agreeing on what that is can be difficult. Treating the other parent well, for the sake of the child, can sometimes feel almost impossible.

Ideally, in separate families with high conflict, the new parenting relationship looks like a business relationship, where both parents treat communicating with the other parent about the kids like a professional relationship.

The Family Bill of Rights below, is the ideal outcome for kids and will go a long way in ensuring they are emotionally resilient and confident.


The Family Bill of Rights

  • Each child has the right to have two homes where he or she is cherished and given the opportunity to
    develop normally.
  • Each child has the right to a meaningful, nurturing relationship with each parent.
  • Each parent and child has the right to call themselves a family regardless of how the
    children’s time is divided.
  • Each parent has the responsibility and right to contribute to the raising of his or her child.
  • Each child has the right to have competent parents and to be free from hearing, observing, or being part of their parents’ arguments or problems with one another.
  • Each parent has the right to his or her own private life and territory and to raise the children without unreasonable interference from the other parent.

If you think your child needs treatment for family breakdown, separation or divorce, please contact Play Therapy Melbourne to discuss how we can help you.

Play Therapy Melbourne has child psychologists and counsellors who specialise in child counselling across Melbourne, including Eltham.


Ricci, I. (1980). Mom’s house, Dad’s house, making shared custody work. New York, NY: Fireside.