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Understanding supervised visitation in California

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2023 | Child Custody |

Parental visitation is an important part of family law that allows the non-custodial parent to maintain a relationship with their child. Supervised visitation helps keep children safe during parental visits, especially when there are possible risks.

Parents and guardians must understand supervised visitation to smoothly navigate these situations.

Supervised visitation orders

Approximately 50% of non-custodial parents had visitation privileges with their children in 2018. If the court has concerns about the child’s safety or well-being, they can assign a supervisor to attend these visits. Courts may order this measure if there is a history of violence, substance abuse or other risk factors.

The supervisor might be a family member or a professional supervisor. Parents and guardians should know why the court ordered supervised visitation and prepare to follow the court’s decision.

Visitation supervisors

The court may assign a neutral third-party supervisor to monitor the visits between the non-custodial parent and the child during supervised visitation. The supervisor’s role is to protect the child’s best interests and to intervene if any issues arise during the visit. Parents and the child must understand the supervisor’s responsibilities and their important role. This creates a safe and positive visitation environment.

Supervised visitation guidelines

California has specific procedures and guidelines in place to regulate supervised visitation arrangements. The guidelines cover how often supervised visits happen, where they happen and any additional rules. The guidelines also outline how long each visit will be and any restrictions or conditions. The consequences of breaking these rules can range from a warning to the termination of supervised visitations.

It is important for parents and guardians in California to understand supervised visitation. This helps when dealing with the complexities of visitation rights in family law cases.


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