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When is it time to file for supervised visitation?

The decision to file for supervised visitation during a divorce can be a complex and emotionally charged one. It typically arises when there are concerns about the safety or well-being of the child during unsupervised visits with one parent.

When considering whether to file for supervised visitation, it’s essential to prioritize the best interests of the child above all else. Some common reasons for seeking supervised visitation include the following.

Domestic abuse

If there is a history of domestic abuse or violence perpetrated by one parent against the other or even against the child directly, seeking supervised visitation may become necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the child. This could involve instances of physical violence, emotional abuse or coercive control tactics that create an unsafe environment for the child.

History of neglect

In cases where there is evidence of neglect, whether it’s a history of failing to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care for the child, seeking supervised visitation may be warranted. Neglect can have serious consequences for a child’s physical health, emotional well-being and overall development. If there are concerns that the parent’s neglectful behavior could continue or escalate during unsupervised visits, supervised visitation can help ensure that the child’s basic needs are met and that they are kept safe from harm.

Documented drug or substance abuse

Supervised visitation may also be necessary if there is documented drug or substance abuse by one of the parents. Substance abuse can impair a parent’s judgment, behavior and ability to provide a safe environment for the child during unsupervised visits. This includes not only illegal drugs but also misuse of prescription medications or alcohol. If there is evidence or a history of substance abuse that poses a risk to the child’s well-being, seeking supervised visitation can help ensure that the child is not exposed to potentially dangerous situations or environments.

If you are considering filing for supervised visitation, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance to understand your rights and options thoroughly.