The separation or divorce can be so overwhelming for some parents – the loss of a spousal relationship, money worries, moving households, and other details – that they lose sight of their obligations to their children. Being aware of your parental responsibilities at this time will help you handle many decisions involving your children.
Your parental responsibilities are to:
It is important to note that the rights and responsibilities of both children and parents require special consideration in situations of abuse or neglect. Ask a professional to help you decide on what is best for your children. For more information about getting help when there is abuse in the home, see Dealing with abuse in the home.