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Supervised visitation: Questions and answers

You did not get the shared custody rights that you wanted in your divorce. Your ex got custody of the kids. However, you got supervised visitation rights. You know this means you can still see the children, but now you have some questions about your rights.

Below are a few answers you may find helpful:

1. Who will supervise the visits?

The answer differs from case to case, so the judge will determine who can be the supervisor. In some cases, it is simply a family member, such as your ex. It could also be a social worker if your ex cannot supervise for some reason.

2. Where do you get to visit the children?

In some cases, families pick a designated facility for visitations. This could be a nearby child care center, for instance. A neutral location means exes do not have to go to one another's homes, and it may provide more options for activities with the children.

In many cases, though, parents just use their homes. This reduces travel and keeps the children in a setting where they feel comfortable. It also makes scheduling easy if the other parent is the one supervising.

3. Why is supervised visitation used?

Generally, this just happens when the judge is not sure if you are fit to be around the children on your own. For instance, perhaps you have a history of drug abuse or have been accused of domestic violence in the past. Even if you are sure these issues will not impact your fitness as a parent, a judge may not be so sure. Judges always err on the side of the children's safety.

If you still have questions about your rights, make sure you find answers so that you know exactly how your relationship with your children will progress.

Source: Very Well Family, "How Supervised Visitation Works," Jennifer Wolf, accessed April 26, 2018

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