How Does Supervised Visitation Work?

Generally, family courts believe it is best if both parents continue to be involved in a child’s life after a divorce. However, there are some circumstances in which a judge may believe a parent is not fit to be left alone with a child. Therefore, supervised visitation may be ordered to ensure the child is safe and to allow a parent-child relationship to continue.

Why Supervised Visitation is Necessary

There are many situations in which supervised visitation may be necessary. However, it is typically designed to be a temporary arrangement. In many cases, a parent may be given a specific timeframe to correct the problem that initially led to supervised visitation. For example, if you struggle with substance abuse, you may be given 6 months to take consistently clean drug tests, complete counseling, and more before you are able to obtain unsupervised visits.

Below are some situations in which a judge may order supervised visitation:

  • There were dangerous family situations
  • The parent neglected the child
  • The parent is suffering from an uncontrolled mental illness that may pose a danger to the child
  • The parent may kidnap or abduct the child
  • The parent struggles with substance abuse
  • There was emotional, sexual, or physical abuse against the child or the other parent
  • The parent was absent from the child’s life up until now

No two visitation plans are identical, so what may work for one family’s situation may not work for yours. As such, the specifics of your supervised visitation plan will be stated in the court order. For example, where visitation takes place and who will monitor the visits should be included in your plan, written in clear and concise language that does not leave anything open to interpretation.

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