Supervised and unsupervised visitations of children

Co-parenting isn’t always straightforward, and sometimes circumstances may arise in which you no longer feel that your child is safe spending time with their other parent alone. In this instance, you may still want your child to spend time with their other parent, but only with supervised visits. 

What is a supervised visit?

A supervised visit is where a parent can spend time with their child but only if there is another individual there, for instance another family member or in rare occasions a social worker. The visit can sometimes take place in the parent’s home, or in a visitation facility. In either instance, a judge will decide who will be supervising the sessions and ensures that the contact time occurs in a controlled setting. 

When would a parent need a supervised visit with their child? 

Supervised visits are usually granted when the parent’s fitness to parent has previously been questioned. This can include if there has been substance abuse in the past.  

How long will a parent have to have supervised visits for?

This can depend. A judge may order supervised visits for a specific length of time, or until the situation has improved. This may be the case if there has been substance abuse in the past and the judge is waiting to see if the parent has taken steps to improving their fitness as a parent. 

Do parents have to go to court to change an order?

Yes. A court order is in place until the court can see a change in the behaviour or situation of the parent. Until that time it will stay in place. If a change in circumstance takes place then the parent who wants to change the order will need to return to court and ask that the order be amended to reflect the change in situation. 

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