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Supervised visitation: Frequently asked questions

Supervised visitation is an excellent way for parents to spend time with their children in a controlled and safe environment. Although most parents subjected to supervised visitations don't choose to have these arrangements by choice, these parents may be able to see supervised visits as a positive because -- if not for supervised visits -- they might not be able to see their children at all. If a judge has ordered supervised visitation in your child custody case, you might benefit from knowing the answers to the following questions about the process:

When do courts order supervised visitations?

When a parent suffers from a drug problem, has been convicted of domestic violence or sex crimes or when a parent is deemed to care for the child, a judge may order supervised visits. These supervised visits are intended to provide the child with the benefit of forming a relationship and bond with his or her parent. Even if the court believes the parent is potentially dangerous to the child, it may see supervised visits in a safe setting as a clear and overall benefit.

What should be the goal of supervised visitation?

The goal of supervised visitation between a parent and child is to promote an ongoing parent-child bond while ensuring the safety and security of the child. The court-approved supervisor in supervised visits may also play a role in facilitating healthy interaction between the parent and child.

What is therapeutic supervised visitation?

Therapeutic supervised visitation is usually court-ordered as well. It involves the presence of a mental health counselor who guides the interactions between parent and child in a mentally and emotionally healthy way. The therapist will keep notes and a log to report to the court how the supervised visits are proceeding and how the child and parent comported themselves.

If supervised visitation is a theme in your Texas child custody case, you might want to learn more about the process, who tends to get awarded supervised visits and -- depending on your circumstances -- how to advocate for supervised visits or defend against them.

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