Supervised visitation is ordered when there are concerns about a child’s protection and safety. A judge will order supervised visitation so that a child will only have contact with a parent when a neutral third person is present. This type of third-person visitation arrangement is often called “supervised visitation.”
Reasons for Supervision
A judge may order that visitation be supervised for many reasons, such as:
- To give the visiting parent a chance to address specific issues;
- To help reintroduce a parent and a child after a long absence;
- To help introduce a parent and a child when there has been no existing relationship between them;
- When there is a history or allegations of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, or substance abuse;
- When there are parenting concerns or mental illness; or,
- When there is a parental threat of abduction.
The court order will specify the time and duration of the visits. Sometimes, the court order will also specify who will provide the supervised visitation services and where the visits will take place.
Click on the following link to download a California Supervised Visitation Order for Parenting Time with the Custodial Parent and the Non-Custodial Parent form which is used in California courts.
File Download (PDF File): fl341a – supervised visitation order
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