The Court Has Ordered Supervised Visitation: What Does This Mean?

When determining a parent’s custody and visitation rights, Nebraska courts consider what type of arrangement will serve the child’s best interests. In some cases, courts order that a parent’s visits be supervised. This can be upsetting for the parent whose visits must be supervised, especially if the parent disagrees with the court’s decision. Fortunately, courts in the majority of situations favor reintroducing unsupervised visits after a period of time.

Why Do Courts Order Supervised Visits?

Courts in Nebraska consider a number of factors when deciding whether supervised visits are appropriate and necessary. In many cases, one parent asks the court to order supervised visits. In these cases, the court holds a hearing to allow both sides to present evidence as to why a parent’s visits should (or should not be) supervised.

After hearing both sides, the court must determine whether a child’s physical or emotional health is best served by ordering supervised visits. Common reasons for supervised visit requests include a parent’s drug use, domestic violence in the home, anger issues, or a prolonged period of having no contact with the child. In other cases, the court must order supervised visits by law, such as when a parent has been convicted of certain crimes.

Who Supervises the Visits?

The supervisor can range from someone the parents know, such as a family member, to a third party appointed by the court. In many cases, the court will try to arrange for a grandparent or other close relative to supervise the visits. This often helps the non-custodial parent feel more comfortable about the supervision.

Courts may also order a neutral third party to supervise. In some cases, the court asks a family therapist or mental health professional to supervise the visits. The drawback of this arrangement is that third parties usually charge a fee for their time, which can be cost-prohibitive for parents.

In the vast majority of cases, the court will allow a parent to resume unsupervised visits once he or she demonstrates that the supervision is no longer necessary. For example, the parent may be required to complete a parenting class or pass a drug test.

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