In many divorce cases with a history of domestic violence, an abusive parent may attempt to exploit informal visits with a child as opportunities to continue abusing a former partner who is in close proximity. In addition, since domestic abuse often involves abuse of a child, even if the victimized partner has orders of protection in place, the child could still be in danger. If the court determines that unsupervised visitation might invite abuse, violence or threat of violence, the court can order supervised visitation.
While it might seem convenient to invite a close friend or family member to supervise visits, this can lead to uncomfortable or even dangerous encounters. An impartial, professional third party who knows the signs of unhealthy, abusive or manipulative behavior is the only appropriate choice for supervisor.
Supervised visitation is a court-ordered arrangement in which a non-custodial parent can visit with a child in the presence of a third party. In order to make supervised visits safe, effective and as positive for the child as possible, supervisors should consider the following guidelines:
If you are separating from an abusive partner, your divorce attorney can petition the court to order supervised visitation. For more information call the Buffalo, NY Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis at 716.886.9600 or contact us online.
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 28 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is a Senior Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She primarily practices in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, and child support. Alexandra is a practicing matrimonial and family law attorney as…