Houston Supervised Visitation Attorneys
The most important thing you can do for your family is to make sure that your children are protected. Texas family law courts are also under an obligation to make sure that the needs of the most vulnerable children take top priority in any custody or visitation decision. In some cases, that may mean a parent is only allowed supervised visitation.
While family law courts will prioritize the best interests and safety of the child, the courts must also consider the rights of each parent when settling on a visitation agreement in sole-custody situations. Sole custody is typically only awarded in situations where the court deems one parent unfit to care for the child. In such circumstances, it is often thought to be unsafe to allow the non-custodial parent to have access to the child without continuous supervision by another unbiased adult.
So, in order to respect parenting rights while still seeking to ensure the safety and well-being of the child, many settlements include a provision for supervised visitation, or visitation that may only take place under the supervision of a qualified adult.
If you are the parent involved in a dispute over child visitation rights, the attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler understand that this is a painful and difficult time, and that you want the best for your child. Our team of experienced lawyers offers parents a compassionate shoulder to lean on while clearly laying out all your legal options.
We know you only want what’s best for your family, that’s what we want to. Call us at (713) 802-1777 to set up an appointment. We are here to answer all your questions and make sure your children have a safe and stable environment they need right now.
What Is Supervised Visitation?
No child wants to be without their parents, however, in some situations, the safest options for both parent and child is supervised visitation. Supervised visitation is a court order that restricts a non-custodial parent to visit a child only under the supervision of another responsible party.
That responsible party may be a neutral third party, another parent, or in some cases, may require professional monitoring. A neutral third party may include grandparents, other family members, family friends, or childcare providers. Professional monitoring may be required if the other parent or neutral third party are not viable options. It may also be needed under certain specific circumstances.
Why Would Supervised Visitation Be Needed?
Supervised visitation, above all, is meant to protect the child. Children need to be cared for by loving and responsible adults in a safe and stable environment. There may be a variety of different reasons that lead a court to believe that a child would be less than safe in the care of a parent.
In those situations, supervised visitation may be the only way for the parent to remain in contact with the child without compromising the child’s well-being. The goal is to keep the parent-child relationship while maintaining a safe space. Here are a few examples of situations that may warrant supervised visitation:
- History of mental or physical abuse
- Drug addiction
- Threat of abduction
- Mental illness
- Domestic violence
- Sexual abuse
The courts always want to keep the best interests of the child in mind. Sometimes cutting off a parent-child relationship is detrimental to a child’s well-being. Supervised visitation helps keep a bond going while allowing the other parent peace of mind that their child is being looked after responsibly with no imminent threat to their safety.
An experienced family law attorney can help you establish a case for supervised visitation as well as help you resolve other custody disputes. At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we review your entire case in order to give you the legal advice you need to make the best decisions for your family and your future.
Making Sure Visitation Time Is Productive
We understand that, depending on the circumstances, you may be uncomfortable with the thought of your child being near someone you don’t fully trust. They hurt you, they may have even hurt your child. How do you know that the supervised visits are going well? Keep your eyes are ears open, listen to your child, and ask your family law attorney questions. You want to stay as informed as possible. Here are a few things you may want to watch for:
- Does the parent show up to the scheduled visit?
- Is the other parent arriving for the visits on time?
- Is the other parent commenting on legal proceedings during the visit?
- Do they keep their language clean and positive?
- Do they bring others to the visit with them?
- Do they ask the child about you?
Supervised visits are not easy, and there may be a period of adjustment that needs to take place before things begin to smooth out. However, it is important to pay attention to patterns. If there is a perpetual pattern of a parent showing up late or not showing up at all, there may be a problem. If there is constantly negative or disparaging talk about you or other family members, that can be an issue.
Having a family law attorney on your side means you have someone to share your concerns with and take legal recourse if necessary. Getting an order for supervised visitation is only the beginning. There may be other steps that you need to take in order to protect yourself and your family.
How Can a Family Law Lawyer Help Me?
The experienced team at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler remains deeply committed to helping Texas families. We offer caring service to parents looking to protect their children and do what’s right for their family. We work closely with you to review all the circumstances surrounding your unique situation. That way, we can come up with a legal strategy that addresses your specific needs and concerns.
You and your family are going through a traumatic time right now, don’t make it worse by trying to navigate the legal system alone.
Reach out to us at (713) 802-1777 to talk with a seasoned family law attorney. We can address all your visitation and custodial questions. You have rights, let us protect them. Call to set up an appointment today.