What is Supervised Visitation? Supervised visitation is when the noncustodial parent has access to the child(ren) only when supervised by another adult. This arrangement allows parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their child(ren) in a safe and supervised environment.
When is supervised visitation appropriate? Supervised visits can be appropriate when a parent’s behavior raises red flags about a child’s safety and well-being. If it is believed that a child’s welfare will be endangered by regular visitations, the court can order supervised visitation or restrict visitation to allow a safe setting in which the child has an opportunity to maintain an ongoing relationship with the other parent. The goal of supervised visits is to guard the safety of the child that is being visited by a parent. A court may restrict visitation based on any of the following:
- Emotional harm
- Child’s wishes
- Mental illness
- Sexual behavior
Supervised visitation is typically in place for a short period of time, anywhere from 3 to 24 months, until further investigation and determinations can be made or the safety threats are eliminated. In addition to supervised visits, a judge may require an addicted or abusive parent to complete substance abuse treatment or anger management counseling as a condition of seeing the child.