In Washington State, child visitation can take a number of forms. In some cases, for a variety of reasons, the court may decide that supervised visits are in the best interest of the child. But what exactly are supervised visits, and what do you need to know about them?
A judge may decide that supervised visits are best for your family if:
- The child has not seen his or her parent for an extended period of time, or if the child has not met his or her parent
- The parent needs to work on his or her parenting skills
- There is a history of mental illness or instability
- There is a history of substance abuse
- There is a history of domestic violence or alleged violence
- There is a history of sexual abuse or alleged sexual abuse
- There is a threat of child abduction
In some cases, a supervised visit between a parent and a child takes place in the presence of a family member, friend, or another person that the child and custodial parent are comfortable with. In other cases, a supervised visit takes place at a neutral location in the presence of trained professionals. In still other cases, the supervised visit is conducted by a therapist who helps both parent and child work through issues and establish a healthy relationship.
The main goal of a Washington supervised visit is to keep the child safe, both physically and emotionally, while helping the child and parent improve their relationship and spend quality time together. Even when a history of issues, such as domestic violence or abandonment, may exist, the court often believes that it is in the child’s best interests to know and spend time with both parents.
Do you need legal assistance in regards to your Seattle divorce, child custody, or child visitation case? The Seattle child custody attorneys at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny are here to help you. Whether you wish to set up a visitation schedule, change an existing visitation schedule, or look in to whether supervised visits may be right for your family, we can review your case and explain your best options for action. Call us today at 425-460-0550 to learn more.