An act relating to the rights of children after a parents divorce.

  • Posted on: 17 March 2019
  • By: Sriya Kandula1
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An act relating to the rights of children after a parents divorce.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that a children's rights program comes into place in case a parents divorce is established.
Section I: Through enactment of the rights in this bill, the policy and process of determining a child’s rights are established after the divorce of a child's parents. 16 is the current age that children are able to choose which parent they get to live with. But a child under the age of 16 and over the age of 12 should be given a choice of choosing which parent they would prefer to live with after an divorce has been taken place.This bill doesn’t necessarily apply to every child in a divorce. It will only come into effect if a child prefers to live with one parent instead of another, for his/her development and happiness. Section II: The policy and process defines the authorities who would interact with a child to determine the child's interest and mental preparedness. When the child chooses only one parent after the divorce of parents, they would have to take a test given by a professional child psychologist to see if the child is mentally prepared with the decision that they are making. This psychological exam will be overseen by a state doctor if the child goes ahead with the decision. A delegation panel including a state doctor, the judge reviewing the case, and a local police officer would then throughly review this case to ensure that a child is not bribed or influenced with their decision. They will also conduct background checks in the children’s households to investigate whether the child is growing up in the right environment . Sometimes children ranging from ages 12-15 might be too young but an experienced counselor can sit with a child and offer guidance and confidence and try to understand why the child is deciding to stay with either of the parents. Section III: In this context it proposed to establish a board of children's rights which would define the policy and processes.
Effective Date: 
The bill shall take effective from January 1st 2021.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of the bill is to establish children's rights in case of a parents divorce which would ultimately lead to child's growth and happiness. In many cases, children aren’t happy with the situation that they are in. For example, the parent is not providing enough care for the child or treating the child cruelly. This bill will enable to change that situation and provide more humane treatment to children. Many people might think that it’s just 4 years and they can wait until the child turns 16, but 4 years are so important and critical in a child’s life and they deserve to grow up with the right and happy environment .
Author's Note: 
This bill will enable children subject to parents divorce decide what is best for their happiness and which parent treats them well. Since sometimes the children are too young to decide with which parent they want to live with, additional controls through support involving state doctor, child psychologist and local police are provided. A nation is strong if the children are strong. This is the right step to build a conducive environment for children living in New Jersey.
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Fund Summary: 
The funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the State of New Jersey and The Child Welfare Department. The Child Welfare Department of NJ will take care of the checks, the court trials, pay for the state doctor and deploy additional funds as deemed necessary. This includes hiring necessary personnel for this purpose.
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