Supervised visitation isn't the ideal situation after divorce, but it still allows you to spend valuable time with your children.
With the right approach, you'll find both you and your children having an enjoyable time. Here are some tips to follow:
- Plan in advance: Think about the activities you can partake in during your visit. These may be limited, as the result of the supervision, but that doesn't mean you have to simply sit and talk. You can read a book together, play a board game, or make a craft.
- Don't just do, talk: It's okay to have activities planned, but there's nothing wrong with a good conversation. This allows you to connect with your children on a deeper level. Try to do both during your visits.
- Ask questions about their life: How is school going? Are you signing up for any sports this year? How have your friends been? Do you have anything special planned for the upcoming school year? These questions will help break the ice, while also allowing you to learn more about what's going on in their life.
At first, you may struggle to make the most of supervised visitation. Fortunately, as you become more comfortable, so will your children. You'll soon find that you know exactly what you can do to best enjoy each visit.
If you have any questions or concerns about supervised visitation, such as when you can transition into non-supervised visits, consult with your local family law court. Also, review your parenting and visitation agreements for additional guidance. This will put you on the right track to making the desired modifications.