When supervised visitation is ordered in a child custody case, it is generally not meant to be permanent. Instead, judges typically order this for a specified timeframe, giving the supervised parent a chance to fix any of the problems that may have resulted in a need for supervised visits. If a parent and child did not previously have a relationship, supervised visitation may also be ordered, giving the child time to get to know the parent in a safe environment. Continue reading to learn more about supervised visitation.
What You Need to Know About Supervised Visitation
Child-related decisions are usually based on the best interests of a child. In most cases, family courts believe it is in the best interests of a child to maintain a bond with both parents. However, in some cases, it may not be safe for a child to have unsupervised visits with a parent. For example, if the parent struggles with substance abuse or if there is a history of abuse or neglect, supervised visitation may be ordered until these matters are rectified.
If it is deemed that visitation is in the child’s best interests, restrictions on visitation may be removed entirely or gradually. On the other hand, if the supervised visits do not go well, visits may continue to be supervised for an indefinite period of time.
In some cases, a parent may want their co-parent’s visitation with the children to be supervised, regardless if there is a good reason for it. However, it is important to keep in mind that the restrictions of supervised visitation can have a profound impact on your children and interfere with their ability to bond with their other parent. You should only seek this arrangement if you believe your children’s safety or wellbeing are at risk.
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