WHY WOULD A JUDGE ORDER A SUPERVISED VISITATION?
Most of us are aware of just how complicated family life can be. But regardless of how difficult family relationships may become, a priority must always be placed on the emotional and physical well-being of the children. The state of California recognizes this fact, which is why all family court decisions are based on the best interests of the children.
Sometimes, situations can arise in which a parent may represent a potential threat to a child. This is not to say that the parent is a bad person or means to cause intentional harm, but rather a situation could arise where the court believes that a parent should not be allowed to spend time with a child without an appointed third-person present to supervise the interaction.
A supervised visitation could be ordered by a judge for a variety of reasons, including:
- Helping to introduce a child to a parent with whom the child has had no prior relationship
- Helping to reintroduce a long-absent parent to a child.
- If there have been allegations or a history of substance abuse, domestic violence, neglect or child abuse.
- If it is believed that there’s a potential threat of child abduction on behalf of a parent.
A supervised visitation is a mechanism designed to protect a child. And if you are the parent who is the subject of the supervision, it is important that you make a good showing when you meet with your child. By viewing the supervision as an opportunity to demonstrate your desire and ability to be a good parent, you greatly improve your chances of one day receiving the kind of visitation terms you really want.
So, prior to attending your supervised session, you may want to discuss your situation with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can help you prepare for your meetings and act as your representative when it comes to interacting with the court or the other parent’s attorneys.