When parents are concerned about domestic violence or child abuse, a history of drug or alcohol abuse, abduction, or other issues, supervised visitation can ensure a safe environment for the child(ren) to visit with the other parent. In addition, if one parent has never had a relationship with the child, supervised visitation can provide an opportunity for that parent to get to know the child in a safe, comfortable environment.
Monitors can be assigned by court order or agreement of the parties. There are two types of monitors: friend/family member or professional monitor. Both types have benefits and negatives. Consider carefully which is the most appropriate type of monitor for your situation and your child or children.
Types of Monitors:
1. Friend or family member: Depending on your situation, it may be appropriate to have a friend or family member serve as your visitation monitor
- Benefit: Monitor is someone familiar to the child, parents, and situation; no cost
- Negative: Testimony, if necessary, could be seen as biased; no professional training; involvement in sensitive or volatile situations
2. Professional Monitors: If there are concerns about parenting, often due to domestic violence or drug and alcohol abuse,
- Benefit: Often times have a professional background in social work or human development; credibility of testimony if needed; on-site facility or off-site monitoring
- Negative: Cost; on-site visits can offer little privacy or occur in institutional environment; potential for emotional/psychological effects on parent or children
For a free consultation regarding supervised visitation or any family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Sean C. Sobottka: 310.735.9814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.