There are many circumstances in which supervised visitation may be necessary for a custody arrangement. It is designed to ensure a child is kept safe while continuing to facilitate a parent-child relationship. Moreover, with supervised visitation, the custodial parent will always be aware of where the child is during visits.
Understanding Supervised Visitation
Generally, supervised visitation is considered a temporary arrangement that will ultimately lead to unsupervised visitation once the noncustodial parent meets certain expectations. For example, if a parent is struggling with substance abuse, the court may require at least 6 months of clean drug tests.
Below are some of the circumstances in which supervised visitation may be necessary:
- The parent was physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive towards the child
- The parent was physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive toward the other parent
- The parent is dealing with a substance abuse issue
- The parent neglected the child
- The parent has an uncontrolled mental illness that can potentially be harmful to the child
- The parent was absent from the child’s life and would like to kindle a relationship with the child
- There have been other dangerous situations that pose a risk to the child’s wellbeing or safety
If a judge orders supervised visitation, your court order will outline precisely how these visits will work. For example, supervised visitations may take place in a chosen facility rather than in your home. During the visit, there will also be a monitor present to observe and ensure the safety of the child.
In some cases, a judge may allow a relative, friend, or acquaintance to serve as a monitor during supervised visits with the child. However, if you select this option, you should consider the trustworthiness and reliability of the person you choose.
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