California family law cases inevitably vary in the issues that must be addressed. When children are at the center, it can be emotionally draining. This is especially concerning if there are factors that will impact visitation. In some instances, one parent wants the other parent to have supervision when they see the child.
Often, this is related to allegations of domestic violence and abuse, but there are other reasons for supervised visitation. From both parents’ perspectives, it is useful to understand when the judge orders this and how to handle it.
Understanding supervised visitation in California
In any child custody and visitation case, the primary objective will be to serve the child’s best interests. At the top of the list is whether the child will be safe. If there were accusations of misbehavior by a parent, supervised visitation may be justified.
Domestic violence will obviously be considered when a parent is trying to ensure their child is safe when visiting the other parent. If there were past run-ins with the law, overt fear of kidnapping or violence and other considerations, supervised visitation may be ordered.
There are, however, other reasons for which this could be ordered. If a parent has an alcohol or drug problem, there might be supervised visitation until they seek and complete treatment. A parent might have been absent for an extended period and the child needs time to grow accustomed to them.
An example could be incarceration. Sometimes, there was no relationship between the child and the parent at all and there will be supervised visitation until they forge a relationship. With supervised visitation, the exchange can also be part of the order to provide safety.
Supervised visitation cases can be complex and professional help can be useful
Either parent can be accused of certain behaviors that lead to a request for supervised visitation. Regardless of whether it is the custodial parent who is asking for the other parent to have supervision during their time with the child or the parent who is accused of wrongdoing and is facing this request, it is important to have legal protection.
Perhaps the problem that led to supervised visitation can be treated. Or there could be unfounded allegations that need to be proven untrue. Having legal support for child custody and visitation can help with these sensitive matters, protecting the child and the parents’ rights.