Supervised visitation is when a child can only have contact with a parent when a neutral third person is present. A judge may order supervised visitation for various reasons. Supervised visitation may be ordered when there is a history of abuse, when there are mental illness, or when there is a parental threat of abduction. However, in some cases, supervised visitation will be ordered to help reintroduce a parent and a child after a long absence or to help introduce a parent and a child because there is no existing relationship between them.
It would be best for visiting parents to arrive and depart on time and avoid making the child messengers to the other parent. Although the fact that a third person has to supervise the time spent with the child may be discouraging, it would be best for the visiting parent to make the visitation a positive experience for the child.
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