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Supervised visitation: How it helps

Sometimes a mother or father falls into trouble with the law. Perhaps he or she has violent tendencies, suffers from a drug problem or has been convicted of domestic abuse or sexual violence. In these cases, a Florida court will likely choose to award full custody to the parent with a better legal standing. However, courts may still want to give children a chance to spend time with the noncustodial parent -- even if he or she has been convicted of serious crimes.

In cases where the noncustodial parent poses a risk or danger to the child, Florida courts will likely demand that child visits be supervised. Supervised visits are an excellent way for children to safely spend time with and benefit from a relationship with, a parent who is viewed by the court as potentially dangerous. Supervised visits like this can be of great psychological benefit to both the parent and the child.

In the state of Florida, supervised visits may also be incorporated with family therapy and counseling. These are referred to as therapeutically supervised visits. Such visits can offer time for families to engage with one another and safely interact with one another while also teaching parents valuable child care skills and how to deal with issues relating to substance abuse.

Could your family benefit from supervised visits? You might want to speak with your family law attorney about the possibility of seeking supervised visits if your child could be at risk when visiting the other parent. Especially in cases where the court could award child visits to a potentially dangerous parent, you may want to present arguments for why supervised visitation needs to be required.

Source: frcflorida.org, "Supervised and Therapeutically Supervised Visitations Program," accessed Sep. 22, 2017

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