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What is Supervised Visitation?
When parents are divorced and a child visitation order is created by the courts, supervised visitation may be one of the stipulations for the noncustodial parent. Normally, supervised visitation requires the noncustodial parent to visit with their child on a set date at a specific time, while supervised by a designated adult. While most child custody and visitation orders do not stipulate supervised visitation, there are several reasons a judge may decide to insert this specification in the order.
Reasons a judge may consider supervised visitation include:
- To provide the noncustodial parent the opportunity to talk to their child about specific issues.
- To acquaint a child with his noncustodial parent after a long period of absence.
- To acquaint a child who has had no relationship with his noncustodial parent.
- When there is a past or allegations pertaining to substance abuse, child abuse or neglect, or domestic violence.
- When the noncustodial parent has a mental illness or other parenting concerns are presented.
- When kidnapping is a potential threat.
Can Supervised Visitation Orders Ever Change?
Child visitation and custody orders are normally structured in the best interest of the child, according to the facts the court is presented. If a situation or circumstances change for the best interest of the child, a supervised visitation order could quite possibly be changed to an unsupervised order. Supervised visitation orders must be changed by filing a request with the court for a modification when new facts would be presented to the court.
When Supervised Visitation Orders Are Violated
There are consequences for both the custodial and the noncustodial parent when the court ordered supervised visitation appointments are not honored. In either case, you may need to head back to court to report the violations. Be prepared to bring documents to courts, such as a record of appointments the other parent has missed and potential witness statements from people such as the appointed supervisor for the visits.
We Are Here To Help
A Phoenix family law attorney is helpful in situations like this, when the safety, well-being or best interests of a child are at hand. While an attorney is not necessarily a requisite in family court cases, a lawyer can better present to the court why a situation is in the best interest of a child than most emotionally involved parents can explain. Due to the seriousness of these types of cases, if you have concerns or questions, you should consult with an attorney who is versed in the laws for family court.