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When should parents seek supervised visitation?

Divorce is one of the most stressful events of a person’s life. If you or your children were the victims of violence or abuse, this stress can be multiplied. There are some situations in which a parent should not be left alone with their children. If you believe that you children’s health and well-being is threatened when they are left in the care of your spouse, you can petition the court to order supervised visitation.

In this arrangement, all visits between the children and spouse are monitored by a trusted individual. This is often a professional who is appointed by the court system. There are facilities in Texas to meet the needs of all unique situation, from those with armed guards to very relaxed, casual locations. You can obtain information about different facilities in your area through court officials. 

Many times, this be a positive arrangement. Supervised visitation can provide the parent with valuable new parenting skills and nurture a bond between the parent and child that might not have been there before. Though the order can be valuable, if it is not needed the impact can be quite negative.

When considering supervised visitation, one should review their overall situation. Has the other parent been suspected or found guilty of abuse? Have they used drugs or abused alcohol recently? If so, supervised visitation might be necessary to protect the health and well-being of your children.

Supervised visitation was designed to protect youth while still providing a relationship between parents and their children. If you have additional questions or concerns about supervised visitation, speaking to an experienced attorney might be very beneficial.

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