Why Do We Need Supervised Visitation?
Without a professional supervised visitation monitor, families in conflict are left with few options, and typically have to turn to relatives, friends or acquaintances to oversee visitations. What we are seeing with our clients is that it is often difficult for both parents to agree on a person to use, and if they can, it frequently does not work out. It is difficult for friends and relatives to refrain from taking sides, and in the end, it may detract from the quality of the parent/child time together. As such, it is imperative that the visitations are facilitated by a trained, certified professional visitation monitor.
There are numerous situations in which the Court might order supervised visitation. While the situations may vary widely, what they have in common is a lack of information about the supervised parent’s ability to appropriately parent a child in a manner that is safe and nurturing. The Court has a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of the child first, followed by frequent and continuing contact with the parents. In a situation where the safety and welfare issue is unclear, the Court is likely to utilize supervised visitation with a professional monitor for a period of time to ensure that the children are able to maintain their relationship with the supervised parent while ensuring the children are safe.
In the past two years, Wild Iris has seen an increasing need for this service, particularly among our clients who are using family members or friends to provide the monitoring. We have also confirmed with Child Protective Services that there is a need for neutral, professional third parties who can enforce effective safety measures during visitation with a non-custodial parent. As such, it is imperative that the visitations are facilitated by a trained, certified professional visitation monitor.
Specific situations in which the Court may order supervised visitation:
- alleged or documented physical or emotional abuse and/or neglect of the child(ren;)
- alleged or documented domestic violence between the parents;
- alleged or documented parental mental illness;
- alleged or documented parental substance abuse/dependence; and
- alleged or documented parental alienation or estrangement and the need for reunification.
If you are in need of a professional to supervise child visitations, please contact Wild Iris at 760-873-6601.