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When Do Non-Custodial Parents Require Supervised Visitation?

Supervised Visitation

Any experienced divorce lawyer will tell you that the specific circumstances under which supervised visitation is granted are varied. In a perfect world, a person who has been convicted of sexually molesting or severely abusing a child should not be granted any type of visitation, but most courts will permit them to have supervised visitation with their own children. Supervised visitation is often granted to parents who have exercised poor parenting skills, and in this situation, supervised visits will often be combined with educational programs and therapeutic techniques that seek to improve the parent’s skills so that normal visitation can be restored. 

Supervised visitation is often deemed necessary if the non-custodial parent has:

  • Recently abused drugs or alcohol
  • Physically abused their child or former partner in the past
  • Made threats of physical violence
  • A history of poor mental health
  • Displayed a strong probability that they might try to abduct the child

It is also possible that a court might grant supervised visitation to the non-custodial parent based upon their sexual activities. Most of the time, a consenting sexual relationship between an adult and their partner is not an issue. However, if the non-custodial parent is unmarried and living with a girlfriend or boyfriend, then the court may decide that supervised visitation is in the best interests of the child. 

Finally, a court may decide that supervised visitation is appropriate if that is what the child wants, but this decision will primarily be dependent upon the child’s age and maturity.

Finding a divorce lawyer is important. If you believe that supervised visitation may be in the best interests of your children, or are currently involved in a custody dispute, please contact me today at (734) 513-6808. With over 30 years of experience in family law, I will personally provide caring legal guidance on the issues that are most important to you. I look forward to working with you in the future. 

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