• Annmarie Baranik

Reports of a supervised visitation in California

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

These are the California rules for reports after a Supervised visit in California

The Standard 5.20(J)(3) is the law for only. It requires that the supervised visitation/exchange report include facts, observations, and direct statements from the supervised visit/exchange. If child/parent quotes occur during the course of the supervised visit, then the professional provider would include this information in the supervised visitation report.

In these Standard 5.20(J)(3), which is a law in California for supervised visitation monitors, it is required that the professional provider may consider checking with the appropriate court jurisdiction regarding the format of the supervised visitation report but remember that the content of the report/what’s required to be included in the supervised visitation/exchange report is outlined under Standard 5.20(J)(3) .

The standard 5.20(J)(3) outlines who should get a copy of the supervised visitation/exchange report: If ordered by the court, or requested by either party, or the attorney for either party, or the attorney for the child may request a copy of the visitation/exchange report. And the original report must be sent to the court if so ordered, or to the requesting party or attorney, and copies should be sent to all parties, their attorneys, and the attorney for the child. Additionally, under section (K) –confidentiality, the professional provider may have to release /disclose information under the following -confidentiality:

When subpoenaed to produce records or testify in court, requested to provide information about the case by a mediator or evaluator in conjunction with a court-ordered mediation, investigation, or evaluation, or required by Child Protective Services, or requested by law enforcement. The sharing of the supervised visitation/exchange report with other agencies is not listed as one the individuals and/or entities that may request the supervised visitation report under Standard 5.20. There is a separate fee for showing up in court.

The professional provider’s fee for the supervised visit or exchange assumes the fee for the supervised visitation/exchange report because the provider must complete a report for each visit/exchange or an additional charge can be agreed upon in the agreement with the visitation monitor. Meaning, if the fee for the visit is say $50.00, another $50.00 would be added for the monitors time to prepare a declaration or a report, sometimes referred to as a case management fee.

The length of the supervised visitation/exchange report will depend on the nature and degree of parent-child contact that occurred during the visit or exchange. Under Standard 5.20(J)(3), the supervised visitation report should include facts, observations, and direct statements, and thus, depending on the nature and degree of parent-child contact during the visit/exchange will determine the length of the report. So the key is to determine before the visits are started to see if you want very detailed reports or a summary of all of them to reduce costs.

Personally I have felt that a summary is easier for the court to review because the time is limited.

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