3 reasons a judge may order supervised visitation

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Child Custody & Visitation |

During litigated divorce cases, the courts seek a fair solution for every involved party. Where children are involved, their welfare supersedes all other considerations. In cases where the court determines that supervised visitation is necessary, it’s typically because ensuring the safety and well-being of the children is paramount.

Supervised visitation involves allowing a non-custodial parent to spend time with their child under the supervision of a designated third party or a professional supervisor. This helps ensure the interaction between the non-custodial parent and the child is safe, appropriate and in the child’s best interests while also providing a level of oversight and support to address any concerns regarding the parent’s behavior or the child’s welfare. Reasons why the court may deem this necessary include the following.

Parental estrangement concerns

Parental estrangement concerns arise when the court observes a lack of existing relationship or bond between the non-custodial parent and the child. This could result from prolonged separation, geographical distance or emotional detachment. The court may order supervised visitation to facilitate the rebuilding of this relationship in a controlled environment, allowing the child and parent to gradually reconnect under the guidance of a supervisor.

History of abuse or neglect

If there is evidence or suspicion of past abuse or neglect by the non-custodial parent towards the child or any other individual, the court may mandate supervised visitation to ensure the child’s safety during interactions with that parent. This arrangement provides a protective measure while allowing the parent an opportunity to demonstrate improved behavior and a commitment to the child’s well-being.

Mental health or substance abuse concerns

Mental health or substance abuse concerns are significant factors that could lead a court to order supervised visitation. If the non-custodial parent has a history of mental health issues or substance abuse problems, the court may be concerned about the potential impact of these issues on the child’s safety and well-being during unsupervised visits.

If you feel that your child might benefit from supervised visitation, seeking legal guidance will help you to more effectively present your concerns to the court and potentially establish supervised visitation arrangements accordingly.