This is the first post in a series of articles discussing supervised visitation in Dayton, Ohio child custody cases. Supervised visitation is often a source of confusion and consternation for parents. The goal of this series is to provide parents with information about the specific types of circumstances in which a court may grant supervised visitation. Another goal of this series is to encourage parents with concerns about their child’s unsupervised exposure to the other parent to consult with an attorney to understand their rights. If you require assistance with a child custody matter, contact our office today to speak with a knowledgeable Dayton family lawyer.
We will discuss several topics in the coming articles, including:
- The reasons for which a court may order supervised visits
- The process of requesting that the other parent’s visitation be supervised
- What to expect during supervised visitation
- How a parent may regain unsupervised visitation
It is important for parents to understand these issues for a variety of reasons. First, a judge will typically impose supervised visitation if a child’s exposure to the other parent will cause physical harm or emotional trauma to the child in some way. Courts will require objective evidence in support of this claim before ordering that visits be supervised. A disagreement about parenting styles or broad claims that someone is a “bad parent” will not suffice. Second, one must go through the proper legal channels if seeking an order for supervised visitation. If one’s child is under threat of immediate danger, the process may be expedited. Third, once ordered, one should know what to expect during a supervised visit. Finally, a parent whose visits are supervised should understand the necessary steps to win back unsupervised time with their child.
Child custody disagreements can be stressful and emotional. Concerned parents often believe they are acting in their child’s best interest, however, a judge will not look favorably on unjustified requests for supervised visitation. It is imperative that you seek the help of a knowledgeable family lawyer to explain your legal options. If you need assistance, contact our office today to speak with a Dayton child custody attorney. We also serve the areas of Beavercreek, Centerville, Clayton, Eaton, Englewood, Fairborn, Franklin, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Kettering, Oakwood, Lebanon, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Piqua, Riverside, Springboro, Springfield, Tipp City, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, Waynesville, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Yellow Springs, and Xenia.