For your lawyer to successfully argue for supervision, you must prove that the other parent poses a severe threat to the safety of your child.
It is usual for a parent to worry about their children. A lot can lead to worry: summer camp, their first day at school, and all the other myriad of experiences we live through with them. However, your child’s non-custodial parent should not be one of your concerns.
If you are worried about the safety of your child when they are visiting their non-custodial parent, discuss your concerns with a trusted St. Louis family law attorney and learn about what remedies are available to you.
When Are Supervised Visits Necessary?
One such option is supervised visits. Supervised visits are not something the court orders lightly. For your lawyer to successfully argue for supervision, you must prove that the other parent poses a severe threat to the safety of your child. This can include drug use, mental illness, violence, or other issues that are at odds with the best interests of your child. After the court orders supervised visits, they will either assign a family member that both parties can agree on, or in extreme cases, a professional social worker.
It may seem counterintuitive to allow visitation when a parent is considered a potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of their child. Still, the court finds contact with both parents to be necessary for a child’s development. However, if a parent poses a severe risk to their child, the court does have the power to revoke visitation rights. Your family attorney can help you understand which path is the right one for you and your family.
How To Protect Your Child
No parent wants to put their child in a potentially unsafe situation knowingly. By coordinating with your attorney and the courts, you can help provide an extra layer of protection through supervised visits. This allows your child to have contact with both parents but in a monitored and safe environment. If you are concerned that your co-parent is a risk to your child, contact your St. Louis family law attorney at The Betz Law Firm and see what actions can be taken to ensure your child’s best interests.
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