Supervised visitation is a tactic used when the court wants a parent to be able to see their child but is not sure if it’s a good idea for the parent to see that child all on their own. Instead, they will set up a schedule so that the parent can visit with the child when someone else is around. Depending on the specifics of the situation, that other person may be a social worker, a family member or just the child’s other parent.
These visits can happen in different settings. Sometimes, they just use the child’s house and the parent with visitation rights quite literally comes to visit. Other times, they designate a special place for the visits. A good example is a child care center. It’s typically somewhere fairly public that both parties can easily access.
All of these decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. For one family, that could mean the parent just comes over to visit the child while their ex is in the house. For another, it could mean meeting at a designated location with a social worker. A lot of different factors come into play.
Why is supervised visitation used? There could be concerns about the safety of the child. For instance, maybe the parent with visitation rights suffers from alcoholism. The court doesn’t want to cut them off from their child entirely, but they’re also worried that it wouldn’t be wise to allow the child to be alone with that parent at their house. Supervised visits offer a controlled solution.
If you have any questions about your rights when facing a situation like this, be sure you know exactly where you stand.