Most Florida parents who are engaged in a difficult custody battle know that supervised visitation programs exist. In these programs, a parent — usually one who has a criminal record or history of violence — will only be allowed to visit with his or her children while being supervised. However, most parents do not know what supervised visitation will look like exactly.
Here are five ways that supervised visitation might be carried out:
— One-on-one supervision: This is when one parent is permitted to spend time with his or her children alone, while a court-approved ‘supervisor’ is present. Sometimes, the parent is permitted to bring a guest.
— Group supervision: This happens when a parent goes to a facility where other parents are present. The parent is permitted to visit with his or her child in a space where other, unrelated parents are visiting with their children under the supervision of one or more monitors.
— Neutral or monitored exchange: This gives parents the ability to exchange their children — pick them up or drop them off — without actually coming in contact with the other parent.
— Telephone and video monitoring: As parents are often in different locations around the world these days, this gives parents the ability to connect with their children over the telephone or video calls while the conversation is monitored.
— Therapeutic supervision: This allows a parent to visit with a child, while a mental health professional is present and giving therapy to both parent and child.
— Friends and family member visitation: This is when a court orders or allows a family member or friend to serve as the court-approved supervisor of visitations. There are professional visitation supervisors too.
Florida parents who want to request supervised visits for their children will want to speak with an attorney about their cases. A family law and child custody law firm — such as the Law Office of Kelley A. Joseph, PA — can advise you about the most appropriate method to defend against a demand for supervised visitation and/or request the implementation of supervised visitation protocols.