When a court determines that a noncustodial parent poses a danger to a child, the judge might order supervised visitation. The details of the visitation must be delineated in a parenting plan and agreed upon by both parents. Supervised visitation is often ordered for a specified period of time and reevaluated according to the agreement. Supervised visitation is designed to promote a healthy parent-child relationship and can end when all parties agree that the goal has been realized.
Illinois family courts attempt to forge and maintain safe and nurturing parent-child relationships. When a parent has been alienated from the child or the child feels unsafe with the parent, it might be in the child’s best interest to have a controlled environment for rebuilding the relationship.
Supervised visitation might be appropriate when:
The parents decide all of the parameters of the visits. If they are not able to agree on the details, the court can appoint a parenting coordinator to assist in this process.
Any adult can act as supervisor. The supervisor must be able to cultivate a trusting relationship with the child and feel comfortable being in the presence of the parent. While there are trained, professional supervisory services available, it can be better for all involved if the supervisor is already familiar to the child. A relative or family friend is often a better choice than a stranger. It is usually appropriate to pay a supervisor for the time, for any tickets to events attending during supervision, and for food, drink, and parking fees.
Supervised visitation can help build or rebuild a sound, nurturing relationship between parent and child. If your family requires assistance with your parenting plan, speak to a family law attorney at our firm or visit our Skokie-area office.
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