How Monitored Visitations Work
What follows is a description of how monitored visitations work. This passage describes what is typical; however, individuals are unique, and few cases are entirely typical. Truth is stranger than fiction, and countless variations can arise. Your effort in finding out more about how monitored visitations work is very much appreciated!
Drama. Conflict. Overwrought emotions. Two parents unable to put their heads together. These two people will probably head to family court and divorce. Perhaps a custody dispute will ensue. This situation may require the involvement of professional caseworkers or even the police! A court of law will assign custody to one parent, but not the other. This situation didn’t occur for no reason at all; events all have direct consequences.
In the aftermath of all this, one parent is designated the “Custodial Parent,” and the other the “Monitored Parent.” It is most desirable for the children to maintain contact and continue their family relationship with the Parent who was not awarded custody. Somehow, all parties involved must agree to set aside differences for the best interests of the children.
Both parents need to reach some agreement; in some cases the family court may impose an arrangement, and both parents must comply. The children are permitted to spend time away from the Custodial Parent to visit the Non-Custodial Parent. But a professional and impartial individual will monitor and supervise the Non-Custodial Parent during the visit. This assures the safety and wellbeing of the children. After the visit, the Monitor will produce a detailed and accurate report on the visit for the family court.
Family Visitation Services proudly provides qualified, trained, and professional Monitors to supervise these visits.
On The Day of the Visitation
Both Parents are notified in advance of the date, time, and location of the visit. The Monitored Parent is required to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the visit starts. The Monitor will usually arrange to meet the Custodial Parent and retrieve the child or children someplace where it is a safe distance from the visit’s appointed location. Then the Monitor will accompany the child or children to the Monitored Parent who is waiting some distance away. During the visit the Custodial Parent must leave the area.
The visit begins, and the child or children and the Monitored Parent spend time together. The Monitored Parent must follow the Monitor’s instructions. The Monitor is empowered to cancel or terminate the visit for any reason. If the Monitor reaches this decision, it is final and irrevocable.
Usually the visit passes without incident. The children and the Monitored Parent benefit from their time together.
After the visit the Monitor leaves the location with the child or children and returns the child or children to the Custodial Parent. Together the Custodial Parent and child(ren) immediately leave the area.
The Monitor writes a detailed account of the visit and reports what (s)he saw, heard, and felt during the visit. The report acts as a declaration of specific facts of the Monitor’s own observations. Copies are furnished to the court and to the attorneys of both parties, and, if required, to child welfare agents. The Monitor can appear in court as a witness if summoned to do so.
If all goes well, other Monitored Visits may be scheduled, and the same procedure is followed. This nurtures and fosters better communication between parents and their children and strengthens positive family relations.