- In the presence of a non-professional third party. The most common type of supervised child visitation involved someone that both the parents and children know and trust. This is often a grandparent, a close relative, a friend of the family, a childcare provider, or a godparent. This setup is often ideal because it usually does not cost money, it involves someone close to the family, and it puts the children in a familiar environment. This setup is not ideal if either parent or child needs the assistance of a trained professional during visits.
- In the presence of the custodial parent or guardian. There may be some instances, such as when the child is an infant, where child visitations take place with the custodial parent acting as the supervisor. This option is ideal for children who physically or emotionally need the presence of their custodial parent. This option is not ideal if the children’s parents cannot put other conflicts aside for the visit.
- In the presence of a child visitation professional. These visits, which often take place at a neutral location specific to child visitations, place the non-custodial parent in an environment with a professional staff member. This type of visitation is best for those with serious histories of domestic violence, substance abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse – or cases in which abduction could be an issue.
- In the presence of a therapist. If a parent or child is struggling in the wake of divorce or child custody decision – or if a parent is having difficulty connecting with a child – supervised visits structured around therapy may be right for your family. These visits are often more expensive than the other options, but can be key when dealing with the often-complicated emotions surrounding divorce and custody.
Do you have a legal question about supervised child visitations in Washington State? Speak with a Seattle child custody lawyer at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today.