Court Ordered, Monitored Child Visits by a Parent are Supervised Visitations
The public policy of the State of California is to provide protection to the absolute best interests of son or daughters whose father and mothers have a custody or visitation case involving being adjudicated by the California family courts.
In some cases, based upon matters of protection and safety, a court judge will make a decision that in turn for a boy or girl to have exposure to a parent via visits, and require that an unprejudiced state-approved third party must attend during any visitation.
This kind of third-person in attendance visit agreement is frequently referred to as “supervised visitation”. As well the third-person is charged with making sure the visiting parent adheres to the court-ordered guidelines. Click here for information and help if you have experienced domestic violence.
A Court May Establish Monitored Visitation for Numerous Factors, Like:
to give the visiting mother or father an opportunity to deal with particular concerns,
in order to help re-introduce a mother or father and a child following a long absence,
to help acquaint a parent and a child if there has been no enduring connection between the parent and the child,
when there actually is a past history or claims of domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect, or substance abuse;
when there are parenting problems or mental health problems; or
when there is a parental risk of kidnapping.
The court order will define the time and length of the visits. In some cases, the court order may also define who the supervised visitation service provider is to be and where the visits are to take place.
Custodial or Non-Custodial Parent’s Interests Regarding Supervised Visitation
What is a Professional Supervised Visitation Monitor?
A Professionally Supervised Visitation requires the visitation be monitored by a court-approved visitation monitor who provides a safe, stress-free, and secure environment physically and emotionally for children and parents who are on court-ordered visitation with their children in all California Counties including Riverside County and San Diego County.
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What are Parental Visitation Rights?
Whether a couple is legally separated, getting or have finalized a divorce, one parent may be awarded physical custody of the child or children of that marriage, the non-custodial parent is usually awarded visitation rights.
Child visitation rights are considered a privilege, instead of an assumption that visitation rights will automatically granted to the non-custodial parent. Therefore the subject of non-custodial visitation rights (Including Supervised Visitation Right), engenders numerous questions. We discuss visitation rights and answer for many of its related questions HERE.
What are Supervised Visitation Guidelines?
Here are the basics for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent Guidelines for Supervised Visitations
The following protocol must be understood, accepted and agreed to by parents and grandparents as the case may be:
The supervising monitor will be present at all times during the visit with their child or children.
The supervising monitor will document interactions taking place between the non-custodial parent and child during the visitation.
The supervising monitor is mandated by the Court to ‘redirect’ a parent should they violate a visitation guideline (see 2014 California Rules of Court 5.20 tab for more details).
The monitor cannot relay messages between non-custodial and custodial parents, except when communication is regarding the arrangement and/or scheduling of visitations.
Cancellations MUST be communicated at least 24 hours prior to the upcoming visitation to avoid a cancellation fee. Beyond the Basics, you can find a complete List of Guidelines and Protocols Here
What is a Supervised Visitation Plan?
Also known as a “Parenting Plan”, simply put is a Schedule of Planned Visitations agreed upon by the Custodial Parent, Non-Custodial Parent, and the Supervising Visitation Monitor.
However there a number of things to consider when devising a Supervised Visitation Plan Schedule that brings into question issues like:
Availability of Parties: Child/Children, Mother, Father, Grandparents and Supervisor
A few of the timing Considerations – School Hours, Work Hours, Holidays, Weekends or Week Days?
Where will the visitation take place?
What safety protocols need to be considered.
What Emergancy Phone Numbers are needed by all parties
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