An overview of supervised visitation

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Child Custody |

Supervised visitation is a type of arrangement in child custody cases where a neutral third party is present during visits between a non-custodial parent and their child. This third party, known as a supervisor, oversees and monitors the interactions to ensure the safety and well-being of the child.

It is important for parents working through divorce to understand key issues related to custody and visitation. For some, this may include supervised visitation.

How does supervised visitation work?

The primary purpose of supervised visitation is to provide a secure environment for the child to spend time with the non-custodial parent when there are concerns about the child’s safety or well-being during unsupervised visits. It allows the child to maintain a relationship with both parents while ensuring their protection. The supervisor can be a professional, such as a social worker, counselor or trained volunteer, or a trusted family member or friend agreed upon by both parents. The supervisor’s role is to observe the interactions between the parent and child and address any issues that may arise.

Supervised visitation may take place in various settings, including visitation centers, the supervisor’s home or another approved location. According to the New Hampshire Judicial Branch, some parts of this state have centers that offer supervised visitation services. However, services can vary from one center to the next.

How long are visits?

The court determines the frequency and duration of supervised visits based on factors such as the child’s age, the parents’ relationship and any safety concerns present. Visits may occur during specific days and times, with the duration gradually increasing as the parent demonstrates a commitment to the child’s well-being. In some cases, supervised visitation serves as a temporary arrangement until the parent can prove their ability to provide a safe and stable environment for the child.

By cooperating with the supervisor, parents can navigate the challenges of custody arrangements with a focus on the child’s best interests.