Supervised visitation is when the noncustodial parent can visit with the child only when supervised by another adult. It is used to keep the child safe and support the parent/child relationship at the same time.
If supervised visitation is necessary, the court will order it and it will be part of the parenting plan. The parents may also need to make a visitation schedule so that the supervised visits can happen.
Custody X Change is software that helps parents with supervised visitation create a visitation schedule and parenting plan.
Supervised visitation may be necessary when:
- There has been physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of the child by a parent
- There has been physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of one parent by the other parent
- A parent has a substance abuse problem
- A parent has an uncontrolled mental illness that poses harm to the child
- There is risk of kidnapping or abduction by one of the parents
- A parent has neglected the child
- A parent has been absent from the child's life and wants to start a relationship with the child
- There have been any potentially dangerous family situations
Often, supervised visitation is a temporary arrangement that can lead to unsupervised visitation if the non-custodial parent meets certain requirements. For example, the non-custodial parent may need to have six months of clean drug tests, seek counseling, or complete an anger management class in order to be awarded unsupervised visits.
If the judge decides that supervised visitation is best for your child, the court order will specify how the supervised visits will work.
The judge may order the supervised visits to take place in a designated facility. There will be a monitor present with the non-custodial parent in the room for the duration of the visits.
The judge may assign a social worker or a similar person to accompany the child to the non-custodial parent’s home (or other designated location). The designated monitor will stay with the child for the entire visit and return the child to the custodial parent.
The judge may allow a friend, relative, or an acquaintance to act as the monitor for supervised visits if the participant is willing and the parents are able to mutual agree on a person. If this is an option for you, you will need to consider whether or not the person will be reliable and trustworthy.