Types Of Supervised Visitation
The Florida courts recognize the need for parents to develop and maintain relationships with their children, but they also understand that there are situations where it may not be in the child’s best interests to be alone with a parent during their time together. In these situations, the court may order supervised visitation, and this can take many different forms. At Bubley & Bubley, P.A. our experienced and knowledgeable Tampa family attorneys have helped many families throughout Hillsborough County determine what type of supervised visitation is best for their children. To learn more about your options, call or contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
One-on-One Supervised Visitation
This type of supervised visitation is the most common and is structured where the parent and child are supervised by a neutral third party. In most cases, one-on-one supervised visitation is monitored by a social worker, but it can also be supervised by a family member or a friend that is trusted by the parents. The supervisor must be approved by the court and must be present for all visits.
Therapeutic Supervised Visitation
Therapeutic supervised visitation is a good option when there are serious relationship issues between the parent and child. A licensed mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, is present to monitor the visitation and provide help whenever it is needed. This may be in facilitating conversation between the parent and child or working out issues that exist between them while also watching out for the health and safety of the child.
This method of supervised visitation is structured so that multiple parents are supervised with their children by one or more monitors. In many cases, the parents and children go to a specified facility or other location on a regular basis to meet while other parent and child pairings are present. This method is often used in situations where parents are in a halfway house or similar setting and still want to spend time with their children.
Telephone or Video Monitoring
In cases where face to face visitation is not possible, supervised visitation can occur during telephone or video meetings. Oftentimes, a parent is incarcerated but still entitled to contact their child to maintain a relationship. A supervising monitor listens in on the conversation or watches the video call to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child.
The final option is a modified version of supervised visitation, where a neutral third party handles the exchange of the child between parents. This option is reserved for situations where the parents have a bad history and cannot be in the same place but still have joint custody of their child. The monitor picks up and drops off the child for the parents when exchanging households.
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