What Is Supervised Visitation?

When two parents are fighting over custody of their child during divorce proceedings, it can be difficult to determine how likely a parent is to receive physical or legal custody – or any custody at all. In some cases, a parent may be questioned about their ability to seriously look after their child on their own. When the questioning of one’s responsibility comes into play, a supervised visitation plan may be necessary.

What exactly is supervised visitation? Why is it necessary for some parents? Does it last through the entirety of their kid’s childhood? Here are some of the details about supervised visitation, to help you determine whether or not it is necessary in your case.

  • Supervised Visitation Details

Supervised visitation is defined as an agreement where a parent can only spend time with their child in a supervised setting. This controlled setting must have a supervisor present. Typically, the supervisor can include a social worker or a family member.

What this means is that, for the duration of the period announced, a parent cannot see their child alone. They must always have a supervisor or chaperone present to keep a watchful eye on the situation, just to make sure that nothing goes wrong. Supervised visitation visits can happen in the home, or at a public location.

  • Duration of Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation doesn’t usually last forever; if a parent has undergone psychological testing during the divorce process, the judge may determine that they need to go through some rehabilitation program before they are deemed mentally fit to see their child by themselves again. A lot of the times, rehabilitation includes a simple investigation to see whether or not the allegations of mental instability are correct. In some cases, it involves actual rehabilitation such as drug or alcohol rehab.

After the judge sees a parent complete their rehabilitation, they can remove the requirements of supervised visitation, which would allow the parent to see the child on a regular and private basis. They no longer require a supervisor or chaperone to see their child, and they can spend as much time with them as is termed in the legal or physical custody rights.

  • Settle Your Visitation Matters ASAP

Getting in contact with one of our Kane County child support attorneys at Keller Legal Services can help you understand exactly what your rights are as a parent, and on what grounds you are allowed to visit your child. Establishing visitation rights can be tough, but communication and cooperation are key. Soon, you’ll be able to get your life back on track, keeping your child’s needs as the top priority.

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