Supervised visitation in child custody disputes may be appropriate in scenarios in which a child’s interests are best served by limiting visitation with a particular person by requiring that a third party be present during custodial time. In a recent blog, one of our Charlotte child custody lawyers discusses some of the basics of supervised visitation, such as when it is appropriate, how long it lasts, who may supervise the visitation, and where the supervision may occur.
In short, supervised visitation serves the purpose limiting a parent’s right to time with a child without ending visitation all together. We most commonly see supervised visitation ordered in scenarios in which a parent has not been present in the life of the child for some time (as a means to re-introduce the parties in a controlled environment), or in scenarios in which a party’s behavior has somehow put the child at risk of harm (as a means to protect the child). Depending on the circumstances, supervision is typically conducted by a family member, friend, or professional, and may occur at a party’s home, in a public place, or in a more controlled environment such as the office of a professional. Supervised visitation may be ordered on a temporary basis, as part of a stair-step plan (eventually transitioning to unsupervised visitation), or permanently.