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.
Ask an Attorney
Our lead attorney, Molly Rosenblum, Esq answers tough legal questions in these videos.
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Make sure to explore our other informative posts as well:
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“How Do You Win a Custody Battle in Nevada?” – This post offers strategies and tips for increasing your chances of success in a custody battle in Nevada, providing valuable insights into the factors considered by the court.
“How Much is a Custody Lawyer?” – This post provides information about the cost considerations associated with hiring a custody lawyer, helping you understand the potential expenses involved.
“Reasons a Mother Can Lose Custody in Las Vegas” – This post discusses common reasons why a mother may lose custody in Las Vegas or similar jurisdictions, highlighting factors that can impact custody decisions.
“What Not To Say In Child Custody Mediation” – This post offers guidance on what to avoid saying during child custody mediation, helping you navigate the process effectively and protect your interests.
“What Happens At First Custody Hearings In Nevada” – This post provides an overview of what to expect at the first custody hearing in Nevada, shedding light on the process and proceedings.
“The Mediation Advantage: Cost-Effective Mediation For Divorce And Custody Cases” – This post explores the advantages of mediation in divorce and custody cases, highlighting its cost-effectiveness and potential benefits for resolving disputes.
“How to Get Child Custody from a Narcissist in Las Vegas” – This post offers strategies and insights for navigating a child custody battle with a narcissistic co-parent in Las Vegas or similar jurisdictions.
“Does My New Spouse Income Count for Child Support” – This post discusses whether the income of a new spouse is considered when calculating child support, providing clarity on this important aspect.
“Tips for Family Mediation” – This post offers valuable tips and suggestions for successful family mediation, providing guidance on how to navigate the process and work towards a fair resolution.
We encourage readers to explore these resources to gain valuable insights and guidance.
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