If you’re going through a divorce in Dallas and have a child or children, you and your spouse will have to decide with whom your child will live. If you’re pursuing divorce because of your spouse’s dangerous or destructive behavior, though, and are worried about child custody, supervised visitation may be the answer. 

Situations When Supervision During Child Visitation May Be Ordered

When parents in Dallas are getting a divorce, they will have to agree upon—or a court will order—who will have custody of any children involved, and how and when visitations will take place. As a result, a standard possession order will be created. A standard possession order details when a child will be allowed to stay with either parent.

In some cases, though, a judge may order that one parent be allowed to see his or her child only with supervision. Requiring that a representative from the state sit in with the parent/child meeting is known as a supervised visitation order, it is a common child visitation restriction that Dallas parents face.

A supervised visitation order is issued in these situations. 

  • The parent is struggling with addiction
  • The parent has a history of physical abuse
  • The parent is suffering from a mental illness
  • The parent has neglected the child in the past

How to Request Supervised Child Visitation

If you are a parent who has custody of your child and are worried about the other parent’s behavior with your child, you can petition the court to order supervised visitation. During your request to have your child’s visits with his or her other parent supervised, you will have to demonstrate to the court why supervision should occur.

By proving that the other parent has a history of abuse, neglect, addiction, mental illness, etc., you may be able to have a supervised visitation order granted. In all cases, you must prove that the best interests of the child will be satisfied by a supervised visitation order.

Consult with a Dallas Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Today

Child custody battles can be emotional and drawn out. If you have fears about your ex-spouse spending time with your child unsupervised, it’s essential that you consult with an attorney who can help you make those fears known to the court.

At the Law Office of Julie Johnson PLLC, we can help you prove that your ex-spouse is not a responsible role model and that granting unsupervised visits would not be in the best interests of your child.

Going through a divorce is hard. But worrying about your child’s safety or wellbeing when spending time with your ex-spouse can be even more unbearable. Protect your child, contact our team today at 214-290-8001.