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When a Judge Orders Supervised Visitation

When a Judge Orders Supervised Visitation

When the family court determines that visitation between children and their non-custodial parents involves some degree of emotional, psychological or physical risk, a judge might order supervised visitation. For children in foster homes, the Protect Ohio Waiver Demonstration helps these children ease back into their homes through supervised transitional visitation that protects them from physical harm and emotional manipulation by their parents. For children of divorced parents who are transitioning into more time with a non-custodial parent, the terms of the visitation must be specified in the parenting plan.

There are a number of reasons a judge might order supervised visitation. Supervised visits may be appropriate when a child is:

  • Visiting biological parents while transitioning home from foster care
  • Reacquainting with a parent who has been absent — such as a parent who has been in prison, in a rehabilitation center or for any reason absent for an extended period
  • Visiting with a parent who has physically or emotionally abused the custodial parent
  • Visiting with a parent who has physically, sexually or emotionally abused the child
  • Visiting with an abusive, addicted or imprisoned parent

There are professionally trained supervisors for hire who charge a fee for their services. Parents may be ordered pay by the hour and for any other events or costs incurred during the visit. As an alternative, the parents can agree on a person who is familiar to both the parents and the child, and who is willing to supervise the visits for an undefined length of time. Most Courts have supervised visitation centers that help facilitate the supervised parenting time.

The parents should set the ground rules for visits, including duration of each visit, acceptable activities and locations, and a process for evaluating the effects of the visits on the child. If circumstances change, either parent can petition the court for a modification in the visitation arrangements. The child is not usually at liberty to cancel supervision.

Divorced parents need extensive and effective parenting plans. The family law attorneys at Fox & Associates C.O., L.P.A. can help you create a plan that works for you and your children. Call our Dayton, Ohio offices at (937) 204-1555 or contact us online.

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