In certain family law situations in Ohio, there are extenuating circumstances with child custody and visitation. This requires the court to order supervised visitation. Often, it is due to allegations of abuse, addiction problems or parental fitness. The goal is to allow a parent with issues to have and maintain a relationship with the child and for it to be in a safe environment.
While this can be complex, there are factors that should be understood with the process. A parent who is given supervised visitation generally must report to the location where the visitation will take place. The judge can also allow the child to be brought to the parent’s residence. There will be a qualified person to oversee the visit. The length of time for supervised visits can vary. The more serious the allegations against the parent, the longer the judge will want to protect the child from potential harm. Physical or emotional abuse are examples of when there could be an indefinite order for supervised visitation.
After an order for supervised visitation has been made, it will stay in place until the parent shows that he or she has improved sufficiently so the supervision is no longer needed. If a parent has a substance abuse problem and completes a rehabilitation program, the judge can then remove the restrictions. Seeking a modification requires the parent to go to court.
The primary objective for supervised visitation is for the parent to have a relationship with the child and for the child’s best interests to be served in terms of protection and safety. Child custody can be a difficult matter to navigate, especially in cases where supervised visitation may be needed. Having experienced legal advice in family law and child custody might be beneficial.