About once a week, we get a client demanding that their ex endure supervised visitation.
Judges don’t hand out visitation like candy.
Get answers to your most asked questions about supervised visitation here.
Supervised visitation, what is it?
Supervised visitation is a type of visitation. It allows the non-custodial parent to maintain contact with their children. But, their contact occurs in a controlled setting.
Why would a judge consider supervised visitation?
Who supervises the visits if a judge if I have to have my visits supervised?
What if supervision gets ordered but not at a courthouse or through a formal program?
Why will a judge order my visitation to get supervised?
Why should a parent think twice about requesting supervised visitation?
When can I get my supervised visits changed?
- prove you and the child now have a good relationship,
- that the child is not afraid or timid around you,
- and that you can care for the child outside of a supervised setting.
How do I explain to the Judge that my case needs to have supervised visitation for the other parent?
- For example, drug use by the other parent.
- As another example, CPS gets involved with your ex and your children.
- The other parent is homeless or does not have accommodations for the children. Tell the judge why your case should be one where visits should warrant supervision.
When should I call a lawyer?
More Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for supervised visitation?
- Discuss rules and expectations with the supervisor beforehand. Know the schedule, location, activities allowed and their role.
- Bring age-appropriate toys, books, and games to engage with your child during the visit.
- Remain focused on spending quality time with your child during the visit. Don’t argue with the supervisor.
What if I can’t afford supervised visitation?
- Ask the court to appoint a volunteer supervisor such as a family member, friend, or court-appointed advocate.
- Request visits occur in free locations like a park rather than a professional facility.
- File for a fee waiver or reduction if using an experienced supervisor.
- Consider reaching an agreement with the other parent on a mutual supervisor.
How do I progress from supervised to unsupervised visitation?
- Consistently follow all terms of the visits and court orders to build trust.
- Communicate regularly with the supervisor for feedback on the visits.
- Slowly increase visit duration and expand activities as appropriate.
- File motions periodically requesting expanded visitation based on progress.
How often are supervised visits granted?
- It depends on jurisdiction, but estimates range from 10% to 30% of custody cases involving some level of supervision.
- It is more common when abuse, neglect, or substance abuse exists versus just a contentious relationship.
What if the supervisor cancels our visit at the last minute?
- Both parents should have the supervisor’s contact information to verify visits.
- Ask about rescheduling the visit or using an alternate supervisor.
- If there is a pattern of cancellations, inform your attorney to address it with the court.
Court-ordered parenting time where a neutral third party monitors the visit between a child and parent.
The neutral third party appointed to monitor the supervised visit. It can be a professional or layperson.
Rules established by the court to ensure supervision effectively protects the child’s physical and emotional well-being.
Requirement that the supervisor directly visually monitor the child and parent at all times during the visit.
Supervision by a licensed mental health professional to facilitate relationship-building between child and parent.
Type of therapeutic supervision focused on safely reestablishing a relationship after prolonged parent-child separation.
Issues like substance abuse, mental illness, or a history of violence may risk a child’s safety during unsupervised contact.
Graduated Visitation Schedule
Court order gradually increase a parent’s time with a child from fully supervised to unsupervised.
Parenting Capacity Evaluation
A psychologist conducts a formal assessment to evaluate a parent’s ability to care for a child safely.
Failure to Protect
When a custodial parent is aware of risk factors but still allows unsupervised contact with the at-risk parent.
Ex Parte Request
Emergency legal requests to suspend visitation, usually due to immediate safety concerns.
Contempt of Court
A parent violating a visitation order may result in sanctions like suspension of visits.
Best Interests of the Child
The legal standard guiding all custody and visitation decisions is based on a child’s safety and well-being.
More Resources for You
For those navigating the complexities of family law in Las Vegas, our lead attorney, Molly Rosenblum Allen, Esq., has developed an array of valuable resources to assist you during challenging times. Here’s a collection of these resources, each designed to provide guidance and support specific to your needs:
Las Vegas Custody Attorney: Navigating child custody can be one of the most challenging aspects of family law. Find comprehensive support and legal advice at Las Vegas Child Custody Attorney.
Fathers Rights: Dads seeking to understand and advocate for their rights can find essential information at Fathers Rights
Changing Custody Agreement: For those looking to modify their custody agreement, get the facts tailored for Nevadans at Changing Custody Agreement.
Grandparents Rights Nevada: Grandparents seeking to understand their legal rights can find specialized guidance at Grandparents Rights Nevada.
Long Distance Co-Parenting: Long-distance co-parenting comes with its unique set of challenges. Get informed at Long Distance Co-Parenting.
How a Mother Can Lose a Custody Battle: Mothers concerned about the pitfalls that could affect their custody rights can learn more at How a Mother Can Lose a Custody Battle.
Custody Battle Tips for Nevadans: Prepare yourself with strategies and insights specifically for Nevadans engaged in a custody battle at Custody Battle Tips for Nevadans.
What Not To Say In Child Custody Mediation: Words matter, especially in mediation. Discover what to avoid saying at What Not To Say In Child Custody Mediation.
How Much is a Custody Lawyer: Understanding the costs involved in hiring a custody lawyer is crucial. Get the facts at How Much is a Custody Lawyer.
Types of Custody: Learn about the different types of custody to understand what might be best for your situation at Types of Custody.
At What Age Can a Child Decide to Stop Visitation: If you’re wondering about a child’s agency in visitation decisions, find answers at At What Age Can a Child Decide to Stop Visitation.
Each resource is curated with the expertise of Molly Rosenblum Allen, Esq., to bring clarity and direction to your family law matters.
Offsite Resources You May Find Helpful
Here are some resources that can provide more information and support for those interested in understanding supervised visitation:
Avvo – Family Lawyers: Avvo provides a directory of family lawyers, along with user ratings and reviews, who can assist in cases involving supervised visitation.
Justia – Family Law Lawyers: Justia also provides a directory of family law attorneys, including those specializing in child custody and visitation.
Child Welfare Information Gateway: This site provides information and resources on child welfare, including supervised visitation. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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