If you are involved in a contentious divorce involving allegations of physical or sexual abuse or drug or alcohol addiction, the Court may require that visitation with the children be supervised by a third party. Sometimes a trusted family member is allowed to act as a supervisor. However, if there isn't an appropriate family member who can be trusted to provide necessary supervision, a supervisory agency or even a therapist may be the only other option.
Courts require supervised visits for the protection of the children. If the Judge in your case is concerned for the safety of the children, supervised visits may be put in place on a temporary or permanent basis and such arrangements can have a significant impact on custody decisions.
It's often difficult, expensive and demoralizing to have to be supervised during parenting time with the children. However, the supervisor is normally requires to have "eyes on" the parent being supervised at all times. And third party supervisors will typically write up a report of the visit, noting what activities the parent and child engaged in during the visit, and whether the parent was compliant with all rules relating to the supervision (such as not talking about the litigation or asking questions about the other parent).
While all parents want what is best for their children, they really agree on what is best. Sometimes custody disputes involves supervised visitation for the safety and well being of the children.
If you have questions about supervised visitation, speak to one of our experienced Georgia family law attorneys for more information.