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Three Types Of People Who Can Handle Supervised Visitation

If a person is going through a divorce, and they have a child, then the person should be prepared for the prospect of supervised visitation. The court may issue such an order to help a parent improve their parenting skills or protect the child from the parent's anger or drug-induced violence. Here are some of the people who may supervise such a visitation:

Neutral Third Party

The supervisor doesn't need to be a professional; he or she can just be a neutral adult in good standing with the community. He or she may be a friend, relative (for example grandparent or uncle), or even a child care provider. The third party may be required to meet some general requirements:

  • Age threshold (he or she should be an adult)
  • No criminal conviction in the recent past
  • No conflict of interest; for example, he or she may not be romantically involved with one of the parents
  • No record (ever) of crimes against children, such as child abuse or molestation

Professional Supervised Visitation Providers

There are also organizations whose business is to provide supervision for parental visitations. Some of them are manned by volunteers, which means individuals may only have to pay a token for their services. Others are for-profit businesses providing the service for set fees.

Professional supervised visitation centers are staffed by those who have been trained in how to handle supervised parental visits. In addition, they also have to meet the thresholds set by the states in which they operate. For example, their employees or volunteers may be required to hold requirements comparable to those set for third party supervisors.

Mental Health Professionals

In some cases, the court may order for the supervision to be carried out by a mental health professional, such as a therapist. These health professionals may also be required to have some training in post-divorce issues.

Typically, courts order for therapeutic supervised visits for cases where the child's well-being may be jeopardized without a supervisor. In most cases, these are situations that involve high-conflict families. For example, the court may order a therapeutic supervised visitation for a parent who has a history of physical or sexual violence.

Depending on the nature of the case, people may have an option of choosing the supervisor, or the court may order for one. However, even if the parent does get to choose, the court will have to give its nod first. For more information, contact a firm such as Lisa M Pacione, Attorney At Law.