Your legal rights in family law cases

These are your legal rights. Review them carefully and decide which ones you will invoke.

 

You have the legal right to never again say anything good to your children about their other parent.

 

You have the legal right to ruin every occasion your children see their parents together with some caustic or chilly interaction—and to actually make your children dread any future times their family might be together.
 
You have the legal right to show your children you think their other parent is the only person on the planet so loathsome as to be unworthy of your courtesy.
 
You have the legal right to refuse any adjustment to your parenting time that would allow your children to participate in a special event at their other home.
 
You have the legal right to turn every parenting or scheduling issue into a question of competing legal rights.
 
You have the legal right to spend every available ounce of your energy and every dollar you ever have to argue over your legal rights.
 
You have the legal right to show your children that the adult way to handle hurt and disappointment is to be resentful and argumentative. 
 
You have the legal right to ignore the overwhelming evidence that one of the greatest injuries to children is conflict between their parents.
 
You have the legal right to show your children that they come from one parent too awful to be forgiven and another parent too weak to forgive.
 
You have the legal right to make your children embarrassed and ashamed of their family—and thus embarrassed and ashamed of themselves.
 
You have the legal right to place your children at an overwhelming disadvantage to children whose parents are respectful and courteous toward each other.
 
You have the legal right to carry your resentments to your grave.
 
You have the legal right to have all your legal rights.

If you insist on exercising one or more of these legal rights, don’t be surprised if good family law attorneys are not interested in representing you.