Is Supervised Visitation Permanent?

Supervised visitation is usually ordered in situations where a judge wants to preserve a parent-child relationship without potentially endangering the wellbeing of the child due to certain unsafe circumstances. Generally, supervised visitation is not a permanent arrangement, but rather a temporary situation designed to give the supervised parent time to rectify the details that made supervised visitation necessary. Continue reading to learn more about it.

More About Supervised Visitation

Supervised visitation was not designed to remain permanent. In many cases, a judge may order supervised visitation for a matter of months, during which all visitations will be monitored. The individual who monitors these sessions will take notes and provide them to the court where they will be reviewed by a judge.

If a judge believes these visits are in the child’s best interests, restrictions may either be lifted all at once or gradually. However, if supervised visitation does not go well and the parent does not fix any of the circumstances or behaviors that led to this arrangement, supervised visitation will continue.

Below is a list of some situations in which supervised visitation may be ordered:

  • There is a risk of abduction
  • There is a history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • There are serious concerns regarding parenting skills
  • There is a history of domestic violence, neglect, or abuse
  • The child and parent did not previously have a relationship
  • The child and parent have been separated for some time and need gradual reintroduction

Typically, family courts believe it is in the best interests of children to maintain a bond with both parents, so it is rare for visitation to be denied altogether. Supervised visitation allows the bond to continue while ensuring the child is not in any danger.

Contact Our Compassionate Family Law Team to Set Up an Initial Consultation Today!

If you believe supervised visitation is necessary or you would like to end supervised visitation, the knowledgeable legal team at Family Law San Diego can assist you. Our attorneys have been helping families achieve the best possible resolutions since 1990 and would be honored to do the same for you. Backed by a history of proven results, you can rest assured your case will be in good hands when you choose to work with us.

Reach out to our law office today at (619) 577-4900 to request a consultation with a member of our team to get started on your child custody and visitation case and learn more about what our team can do to assist you during this difficult time.