The goal of supervised visitation is to keep both parents involved in the lives of their children while ensuring the children’s physical and emotional safety. Supervised visitation is a court order issued when one parent has some form of emotional, mental or physical condition that might make an unsupervised visitation unsafe for the child(ren). The court can order supervised visitation when both parties agree to it, or if an independent organization dealing with high conflict parents deems it necessary.
Why will the Courts Require Supervised Visitation in Texas?
Violence or any type of physical abuse
Visitation rights can be denied if the non-custodial parent has physically harmed the child or has threatened violence against them.
The wishes of the child
A child can request supervised visitation, and consideration is based on the child’s age and maturity, their emotional stability, or any suspected motives.
If there’s a history of drug or alcohol abuse by a parent, the court might require supervised visitation if conduct related to the substance abuse could in any way endanger the child.
If the court determines that unsupervised visitations have proven emotionally harmful to the child, they might require visitations be supervised by a third party.
If the court believes there’s a strong possibility that an unsupervised visitation could result in the abduction of the child, supervised visitations will be required.
Mental health issues of the non-custodial parent might require court-ordered supervised visitation if it’s determined that an unsupervised visitation could harm the child.
If the court believes that visitations of an incarcerated parent are detrimental to the child, they might suspend all visitation privileges.
If the non-custodial parent is cohabitating with an individual outside of marriage, the court might consider this a negative impact to the child and require supervised visitations.
Costs Involved in Supervised Visitation
The third party involved in a supervised visitation is usually a licensed social worker or child advocacy professional who has experience viewing and documenting interactions between the non-custodial parent and the child. They generally charge on a per hour basis. There may be additional fees for travel, or if an on-site meeting facility is required.
Who Pays for Supervised Visitations?
The court order will state who pays for the supervised visitations and any associated fees, but it’s usually paid for by the parent requiring supervision. Other things might be taken into consideration, such as each parent’s ability to financially afford the supervised visitations.
If you have questions about supervised visitations in Texas, it’s best to seek counsel from an experienced family law attorney. The attorneys at Bennett Weston LaJone & Turner, P.C. will answer your questions, whether you are petitioning the court or are required to participate in supervised visitations.