Should you seek supervised visitation in your parenting plan?

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Family Law

When parents in Minnesota go through a divorce, they must create a parenting plan that outlines how they will share custody and visitation of their children. 

Sometimes supervised visitation helps keep children safe. It also gives both parents peace of mind, and it is important for all parents to understand what it is.

What is supervised visitation?

Supervised visitation refers to court-ordered visits between a parent and child that occur in the presence of a neutral third party. Courts may mandate supervised visitation in situations involving concerns such as abuse, neglect, or substance abuse.

How it works

The court specifies the schedule, conditions, and location, often a visitation center. Visits are monitored and documented by the supervisor, who ensures appropriate interactions. Parents must follow guidelines set by the court or visitation center to prioritize the child’s well-being.

Some reasons to consider supervised visitation

It is vital to ensure the children’s well-being and safety during divorce. That’s where supervised visitation comes in. Some reasons to use supervised visitation are:

  • Safety concerns: If there are concerns about the safety and well-being of the children when they are alone with one parent, supervised visitation can provide a level of protection for the children.
  • Substance abuse issues: If one parent has problems with drugs or alcohol, supervised visitation helps keep the children safe from harmful situations.
  • Parent-child reconnection: In cases where there has been a significant absence or strained relationship between a parent and child, supervised visitation can facilitate a gradual reconnection in a controlled environment.
  • Court order: Sometimes, a court may order supervised visitation based on evidence presented during the divorce proceedings or concerns raised by one or both parents.

Figuring out child custody and visitation during a divorce can be tough under the best of circumstances. However, if you’re going through a divorce and are struggling with your co-parent, you may find that seeking supervised visitation is in the best interests of your child.