In certain circumstances, a judge will order that a parent’s visits with their child be supervised. No matter the reason for the supervised visits, they are intended to keep the child safe and comfortable. If you are a parent seeking supervised visitation or dealing with an issue related to supervised visitation, we can help. The Orange County visitation lawyers at the Law Offices of David P. Schwarz understand how sensitive these issues may be. We are committed to handling your case with compassion and care, guided by over two decades of experience as child custody attorneys.Situations When a Court May Order Supervised Visitation
California law recognizes that maintaining the parent-child relationship is of the utmost importance. As a result, there is a presumption that ongoing and frequent contact with both parents is beneficial for a child. However, in certain cases, there may be conditions that make visitation uncomfortable or even dangerous for a child. In these scenarios, supervised visitation may be an appropriate answer.
Supervised visitation is used when a child’s health, welfare, or safety requires that the child’s visits with one parent are supervised by the other parent, another adult, or a professional agency. A judge may order supervised visitation for a number of reasons, possibly including:
- When there is a concern about a parent’s mental illness;
- When there is a concern about a parent’s drug or alcohol use;
- When there is a parental threat of abduction;
- When a parent needs to be introduced or re-acquainted with a child, such as when a parent has not seen a child in a long time, and they need time to get to know each other again;
- When there is a history of or concerns about domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect; or
- To give a visiting parent an opportunity to address a specific issue.
When supervised visitation is ordered, the court will typically specify the time and duration of the visits. In some cases, the court will even dictate where the visits should take place and who will supervise the visits. Supervised visitation is not necessarily a permanent arrangement and may change according to the circumstances and ability of the parent being supervised.
It is important to note that all child custody and visitation determinations in California are made based on what is in the best interest of the child. Under state law, courts have broad latitude to consider any factor that may be relevant to visitation if it may affect the health, safety, and welfare of the child or the benefit to the child from maintaining frequent and ongoing contact with both parents. Thus, if supervised visitation is ordered, it will be because the judge deems it to be in the best interest of the child.Explore Your Options with a Visitation Lawyer in Orange County
At the Law Offices of David P. Schwarz, our experienced Orange County visitation attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of parents throughout the California divorce process. We can represent people in Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, San Clemente, Dana Point, Lake Forest, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Orange, Irvine, and Newport Beach, among other Southern California cities. Call us at 949-735-9266 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.