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Visitation time and child custody: Supervised visits

Sometimes a judge will award a parent supervised visitation rights. Supervised visitation usually becomes necessary following one of the parent's conviction of various crimes, or as a result of a mental condition. For example, the parent with supervised visits might have been convicted of a violent crime, a sex crime or he or she might have a history of child abuse or domestic violence.

If you were awarded supervised visits, you're probably not entirely happy about it. No one wants to be monitored or watched while spending time with their children. However, you might want to try to see the positive side of it. Many years ago, it's more likely that someone would simply not be permitted to have contact with his or her children following conviction of various crimes. Modern family law courts in Florida, however, see the wisdom and value for the best interests of the children to spend time with their biological parents -- even if those parents were convicted of potentially dangerous crimes.

During supervised visitations, the visits will often occur in a neutral location, and they will have a supervisor present. This supervisor might be a trusted individual whom both parents trust implicitly and have agreed to serve as the supervisor. Maybe it's a grandparent, an uncle or someone else. Or, maybe it's someone the court appoints.

If you've been awarded supervised visitations, try to enjoy them as much as possible as quality time with your child. Eventually, as time passes by, you will be able to spend unfettered time with your child once again. At the very least, you have gained the right to spend time with your child.

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