Why would a judge order a supervised visitation?

By |2022-04-07T18:45:23+00:0022 Feb 2017|Categories: Child Custody|


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.

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.

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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