4 reasons to consider supervised visitation
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4 reasons to consider supervised visitation

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce leads to the separation of family units, and most often, children can get caught in the crossfire, experiencing emotional turmoil and confusion. Children should be able to enjoy the attention, love and care of both parents in a safe environment, but things don’t always work out that way.

Sometimes, in cases where there are concerns about the well-being or safety of the child, requesting supervised visitation may be necessary.

Substance abuse

If your ex-spouse has a history of substance abuse, whether it be alcohol, drugs or both, it can pose a significant risk to the safety and well-being of your child during visitation. Substance abuse can impair judgment, behavior and the ability to provide proper care and supervision for the child. In such cases, requesting supervised visitation ensures that the child is not exposed to potentially dangerous situations and that their safety remains the top priority.


Your child may not have a close relationship with your ex-spouse, leading to feelings of estrangement or discomfort during visitation. Requesting supervised visitation in such cases allows for a neutral third party to facilitate the interaction between your child and your ex-spouse, providing a safe space for communication and relationship-building without subjecting the child to undue stress or discomfort.

Domestic violence

If there is a history of domestic violence involving your ex-spouse, it’s important to prioritize the safety of your child. Requesting supervised visitation ensures that the child is protected from any potential harm and that interactions between the child and the ex-spouse occur in a controlled environment where any signs of aggression or violence can be immediately addressed by the supervising party.

Mental illness

Uncontrolled mental illness can also be a valid reason to request supervised visitation. If your ex-spouse struggles with mental health issues that may impair their ability to care for or interact with the child in a safe and appropriate manner, supervised visitation can help mitigate potential risks.

Post-divorce parental arrangements can be complex, and it is important to consider getting legal guidance when dealing with issues such as custody and visitation rights, especially if the dynamic between your former spouse and your child isn’t a healthy one.