When Is Supervised Visitation Necessary?
Anytime a judge thinks that a parent might not be able to provide safe supervision for their child, supervised visitation might be ordered. The main priority in any child custody case is meeting the needs of the child. While in most cases, it is beneficial for a child to spend time with their non-custodial parent, the physical and emotional safety of the child must always be considered.
In certain cases, in order to ensure that the child is safe, visitation might need to be supervised. There are several types of situations that might warrant supervised visitation. They include (but are not limited to):
A history of child abuse. In some cases of child abuse, the parent will not be able to have contact with the child at all. In other cases, however, supervised visitation might be an option.
A history of domestic violence.
A substance abuse issue.
A history of neglect or abandonment.
Severe mental illness or mental disability.
The threat of child abduction.
How Does Supervised Visitation Work?
Supervised visits are overseen by a third party. Many times, a judge will require that the parent and child visit at a facility designed for that purpose. There are often rooms with toys and furniture that parents and their children can use to visit. A social worker or another monitor will also be in the room for the duration of the visit.
In other cases, a social worker or professional monitor will take the child to the non-custodial parent’s home or other place (park, Chuck-E-Cheese, mall, etc...) and will supervise the visit there. And other times, a third party non-professional monitor (family member, friend etc...) agreed upon by both parents can be the monitor.