What you should know about supervised visitation

By |2022-04-01T13:10:16+00:0026 Mar 2019|Categories: Child Custody|


If you’re divorcing a co-parent with a substance abuse issue, you’re likely concerned about how to balance your children’s safety with the need for them to maintain a relationship with that parent. Even if you’d prefer that your kids not be around your co-parent, the court likely will mandate some type of visitation plan.

The solution for these situations is often supervised visitation. That means that a third party must be present when the children are with the parent. Depending on the situation, this third party may be an adult family member or friend. They may be a professional, such as a social worker or psychologist. If there are concerns about the children’s safety during these visits, the court may mandate that a professional monitor be present. That monitor may determine what activities the parent and children can engage in during their time together.

Supervised visitation may take place in the parent’s home or in another location, such as a center used for such visits. You can obtain a directory of supervised visitation centers and providers in Orange County and surrounding areas in Southern California. The key is for the kids to feel safe but also as comfortable as possible.

It’s essential for both parents to remain positive when talking to their kids about supervised visitation. What you tell them will depend on their age and maturity. However, it’s important for the custodial parent not to disparage the other parent or frighten their children when explaining why there’s someone else present during visits or why their visits may be in a location other than their parent’s home.

Whether you’re the custodial parent or the one who’s required to have supervised visitation, it’s essential to understand and abide by the court order. Your focus should be on your children’s well-being and safety — not on how you feel about your co-parent or the visitation order. Your family law attorney can answer any questions you have and provide guidance to help your kids get the greatest possible benefit out of these visits.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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