When does visitation require supervision?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2023 | Child Custody & Visitation

Visitation rights are vital during divorce proceedings. The divorcing couple could express their opinions regarding these affairs involving their children’s welfare. However, after reviewing certain factors, the court has the final say.

Regarding child custody and visitation, the court advocates for family time, which is crucial to a child’s growth and development. The judge also reviews the situation and determines visitation rights based on the circumstances. Still, specific factors could require supervised visitation, especially when there are risks to the child’s safety.

Visitations might need supervision if the following conditions exist:

  • Unmanageable threats of harm or danger to the child, such as potential violence, fear and/or injury
  • Impulsive behavior of the parent that could harm the child, such as those caused by mental health disorders or medication
  • Lack of information about the parent and their refusal to cooperate
  • The negative impact that visitation has on the child or parent
  • Emotional issues of the child or parent that require therapeutic arrangements
  • Other vital factors, such as substance abuse

Aside from these considerations, the court could allow the child to express their wishes. Their opinions could provide insight into what visitation setup is appropriate.

Other limitations imposed on visitations

Aside from imposing supervision, the court could also recommend limitations for the visitation’s frequency and duration. This schedule is crucial because adjusting the visitation’s setting could affect safety. Arrangement details could also include a designated location or whether it should be in a public place.

Additionally, it should be clear to both parties how the child would go to and from the set location. The person facilitating transportation could be a caseworker, the caregiver or a third party related to the child.

Visitations should be beneficial to the child

The divorcing couple could have conflicting views on visitation matters. However, they should always prioritize the child’s best interest. Visitation setups could be flexible, but the court could enforce strict rules to preserve the child’s welfare and safety.