26 Mar Supervisors’ role in California child visitation procedures
In many cases relating to child custody, the California family court judge may find evidence that one or both biological parents are not fit to have sole custody of the child. In such cases, supervised visitation rights may be awarded to them in order for the child to have access to his or her biological parents.
Many biological parents who wish to have supervised visitation rights petition the court with the help of professional attorneys. A supervised visitation expert and enforcer may be appointed by the court of law under such a visitation agreement. The supervisor of visitation rights is required to be present at all supervised visitation between the non-custodial parent and the minor child.
The supervisor of visitation rights has the authority to be present in all such visits between the non-custodial parent and the minor child and even has the authority to end the visitation if he or she finds it to not be in the best interest of the child. The supervisor may listen to all conversations between the non-custodial parent and minor child as well as observe the minor child during such visitations to look for any signs of tension.
The supervisor of visitation rights may be a professional supervisor or even a non-professional supervisor. While the professional supervisor of visitation rights may be a trained official of the court, the non-professional supervisor is usually a relative of the child who may be best suitable for the situation. The type of supervisor that the biological parents and guardian have agreed upon needs to be part of the court order itself.
Source: Courts.CA.gov, “Supervised Visitation,” Accessed on Mar. 18, 2015