Supervised visitation in Florida provides an opportunity for a non-residential parent to maintain contact with their children in a safe and neutral setting. Supervised or monitored visitation can be ordered because of a parent’s documented history of:
- substance abuse,
- domestic violence,
- child abuse and neglect,
- parent mental illness,
- parental disability,
- chronic parental disputes regarding the child, or to
- facilitate reunification with the child, where appropriate.
At any point in the judicial process, the court may order supervised visitation if the judge believes that it is in the best interest of the child. Parents may be ordered to use a supervised visitation program. The court will appoint or approve someone specific to be present during the visits between the parent and the child to:
- ensure the court’s directives are followed,
- monitor the safety of all participants at visits,
- relay relevant information relating to the child’s welfare between the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent,
- facilitate appropriate visit interaction if necessary,
- provide constructive feedback, correction, or redirection to the parties when necessary,
- suspend or terminate any visit in which the safety of participants or staff cannot be maintained,
- keep written records of facts observed at visits,
- testify in formal court hearings, when appropriate.
At D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A., our commitment to our clients is to work towards purposeful resolutions and to do so with minimum distress and maximum value. That is extremely important and sensitive in Family Law cases. If you need legal assistance in a family matter, contact us at 407.870.5551 or www.KissimmeeFamilylaw.com.
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