Supervised visitation is often ordered by the court if the parents are getting divorced and if the judge believes that their child’s welfare may be endangered in case of conflict or any other kind of high-risk situations. These restricted visits allow the child to maintain a relationship with the noncustodial parent in a safe environment.
Supervised visitation involves the presence of the custodial parent or a qualified adult who will oversee the interaction between the noncustodial parent and the child. This ensures that the child’s safety is not jeopardized during the visit. It also eliminates any possibility for inappropriate conversation or activity.
The Need for Supervised Visitation
Restricted visitations are ordered by the court in case of any of the following situations:
• The noncustodial parent is known to have a history of alcohol or drug abuse
• There is threat of sexual, physical, or mental abuse
• There is a chance the child may be kidnapped by the noncustodial parent
• The noncustodial parent has been convicted of crime
• The noncustodial parent has threatened to commit suicide
• The noncustodial parent has shown signs or has been diagnosed with a severe mental illness
• The noncustodial parent had neglected the child earlier
Besides the child’s best interests, the judge will also take factors that may endanger his or her physical, mental, and moral health into consideration. The noncustodial parent may also have to attend anger management therapy and parenting classes in case they are known to have a history of being abusive or neglectful. He or she may also need to receive counseling as part of the judge’s order.
Although supervised visitation may sometimes seem unnecessary, it is used to ensure that the child’s safety is never compromised. With many cases of parents kidnapping their own children and other risky situations, supervised visitation has become necessary for many divorced couples.