Unsupervised visitation is awarded to non-custodial parents (the parent with whom the child does not live) or grandparents who wish to visit with the child. Unsupervised visitation means that there need not be any other people present during the visit, and the visit can occur at any reasonable place and time, generally agreed upon by both parents.

What is Supervised Visitation?

Supervised visitation is given to non-custodial parents or grandparents who, for some reason, are considered unreliable or threatening to the child with whom they wish to visit. Supervised visitation requires an adult to be present at all times during the visit, which may occur at the parent's home or another location selected by the court.

Under What Circumstances Will a Court Order Supervised Visitation?

A court will order supervised visitation if the non-custodial parent has a history of violence toward the child or other persons, or is considered threatening or unreliable. Under supervised visitation, an adult (other than the custodial parent) will be present at all times during the visit. The adult is sometimes agreed upon by the parents and approved by the court, or may be a social worker or other person appointed by the court (e.g. Guardian ad litem). Supervised visitation may occur either at the non-custodial parent's home or at a neutral location selected by the court.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Visitation Issue?

If you are looking to establish or modify child visitation rights, it would be wise to consult with a family lawyer. Working with an experienced family law lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you deal with the complicated court system.