The level of supervised visitation ordered will vary depending on the degree of danger to the children, the community the children reside in, the extended family situation, and the ages of the children involved.
- In extreme situations, the Court can order professionally supervised visitation. A professional supervisor is often a counselor, and has to be paid by the parents to oversee visitation.
- If there are extended family members or friends available and willing to supervise, the Court will likely make use of them. If both parents cannot agree on a suitable supervisor, the Court will likely order a willing relative who lives nearby to act as supervisor.
- The least restricted form of supervised visitation is in a public place. This is most commonly used for teenagers or older children, and allows the visitation to take place in a public setting, such as a restaurant or sporting event.
If you object to the supervision ordered by the Court, you need to explain how it is not sufficient to protect your children during their time with the other parent.
It is important that you attend any hearing about custody of your children with a specific plan in place to handle visitation (if ordered). Speak to potential supervisors in advance, discuss schedules, and consider how you would like to handle exchanging the children.