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Supervised Visitation

storytimeIn most custody cases, parenting time is set up to maximize the child’s time with each parent. The court recognizes the importance of both parents. The non-custodial parent has scheduled time with the child and can spend that time however he or she wants.

In certain situations, visitation needs to be controlled more closely. If the court has real concerns about the child’s safety while with the noncustodial parent, restrictions can be applied. This is most common if there has been a history of child abuse or neglect by the parent, the parent has a history of serious untreated mental health issues, or he or she has a substance abuse problem.

In situations like these, the court can order supervised visitation. This allows the parent to have contact with the child, but only in the presence of another adult. This ensures that a parent-child relationship can continue, but also provides a safe environment for the child. Supervised visitation is not something that is ordered when the parents have disagreements or clashes about how to parent. It reserved for very serious situations where the child’s safety would be in question were regular parenting time allowed.

Often a friend or family member is selected as the supervisor. This is often the most convenient option, but it can cause problems if the person does not take the responsibility seriously and leaves the room or the home during the scheduled supervision period. Another alternative is community organizations that host supervised visitation programs. These programs are carefully monitored, but they often have waiting lists and can provide only an hour or two of supervision at a time, in an impersonal public space.

The Sampair Group handles supervised visitation cases in Arizona. We are conveniently located in Maricopa County and can help you with your case. Make an appointment with us now.

Making the Most Out of Supervised Visitation (Part 2)

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Arizona child custody lawyerIf choosing a supervisor is an option made available to you, see if you can recommend a family member or close friend. This can make the situation a bit more comfortable rather than having a stranger in the room while you are trying to enjoy time with your child. Also, instead of having one or two supervisors available, see if you can have a pool of supervisors appointed to you. This allows for less risk of having your visitation cancelled if a supervisor cannot attend a visitation session.

During your visitation, do not discuss any problems between you and the other parent. This is time to be spent with your children and focus on them. Keep discussions to topics such as their schooling and activities they enjoy doing.

Use this time to strengthen your emotional bond with you children. Stay interested in what they talk about or what they play with, and use their interests to think of new ideas and things to do in future visitations.

Supervisors are appointed to not just ensure that parenting time is successful, but also to report back to the courts. Having a supervisor report back to the court about how strong of a relationship you are forming with your child can go a long way in counteracting any negative accusations from your ex.

Child custody can be tricky and complicated, but it’s important that you make the most of your supervised parenting time in such a way that you may eventually be able to get parenting time on your own terms without a supervisor. For more information regarding child custody and how your rights can be protected, contact a family law attorney at The Sampair Group. Visit www.sampair.com for more information.

Making the Most Out of Supervised Visitation (Part 1)

child custody attorney ArizonaUnder certain circumstances, a non-custodial parent will receive visitation and parenting time with their child, but often this visitation is supervised under court order. Common reasons for supervised visits include fear of potential abuse, or to monitor the supervision if there has been a long gap since the parent and child have seen each other.

For many involved in the situation of supervised mediation, it can be constraining. But if you are a non-custodial parent with supervised visitation with your child, there are ways you can make the most of it.

In supervised visitation, someone is present during all of your visiting hours with your child. While this may seem restricting and uncomfortable at times, it means that someone is there to testify your good parenting skills and the bond you are forming with the children. These testimonials could show the court that you are not a danger to your children to establish your credibility in court.

One of the ways you can improve the outcomes of your parenting time is to be 15-20 minutes early for every visit. This proves that you have made your child a priority in your life and want to spend the maximum time available with your children. If transportation is an issue with getting to your visits, make sure you schedule all of this way ahead of time to be prepared.

Just as important as showing up early is attending every single visit. Sometimes, life happens and it may be impossible for you to attend a visitation. But don’t miss too many, as it looks bad on your part. Attending every visit shows that the child is your priority.

Use your visitations to correct any bad behaviors that may be presumed of your from the court’s concerns. If the court felt that alcohol abuse was a concern, show up sober and well-kept to every visitation. If you are taking prescription medication, make sure the supervisor is aware of this. If your temper was a concern during your child custody discussions with the court, keep your calm and do not get a temper with your children, the supervisor or the other parent.

Continued in Part 2

Making The Most Of Supervised Visitation

visitationSupervised visitation is typically defined as court-ordered, schedules and supervised contact between a parent and their child.

Supervised visits are usually based on two premises:
1. The children do best if they have a reliable, ongoing relationship with both parents.
2. The child’s emotional and physical safety must always be guaranteed.

The amount of supervised parenting time can vary by agreement between each parent, and a judge cannot make a parent visit a child if they do not want to. In supervised visits, the non-custodial parent only has parenting time with another person present. These kind of visitation rights and regulations are ordered in cases where the non-custodial parents abuses drugs or alcohol, is abusive, or does not have the parenting skills to care for the child without another adult present.

Supervised visitations can be difficult, as the presence of an outside observer, who is listening to every conversation and watching every interaction that is taking place, can make for a somewhat uncomfortable experience when you are trying to bond with your child. The visit may also take place in an unnatural setting, such as an office, which can make the experience even more discomforted.

Sometimes you may not have any say in the matter when it comes to the place that the visitation is taking place, so as a parent, you must learn ways to make the most of supervised visitation. Here are some suggestions for things to do during your supervised visitation to still make it a memorable experience with your child:

Board Games
These are great distractions, and they are a fun way to provide an opportunity for you and your child to interact and laugh together. If there is a particular game that you think your kids would enjoy playing with you, check ahead of time to see if you can bring it along.

Cooking
If you are in a setting that allows it during your visitation, cooking can allow you the chance to return to a “normal” feeling of activity with your child. Ask ahead of time if you will be meeting in a place that will provide facilities for making a snack, and bring the ingredients.

Art Project
Work on creating a project together, such as a scrapbook or collage. Choose something that can be worked on over a length of time, so each time you visit you can look forward to adding to the craft.

Reading
This is also another activity that is great to pass the time and it can also be something to look forward to for each visit. Choose a type of chapter book so you can read one chapter during each visit, allowing you and your child to look forward to the twists and turns of the story line. Reading together can also provide a lot of opportunity to have in-depth discussions about what you would each do if you were the main character in certain situations involving the plot line.

Parental visitation rights and other elements of child custody cases can be stressful and confusing. An experienced Glendale divorce lawyer at The Sampair Group will look at the unique circumstances of your child custody agreement and work with you to reach the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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