As Columbus Ohio family law attorneys, we are often asked about supervised visitation. We are asked questions such as:
- What is supervised visitation?
- Who supervises the Visitation?
- Can the County supervise the Visitation?
- Can one parent or the other supervise the Visitation?
- Can relatives, aunts, uncles or grandparents supervise the Visitation?
- Are there places you can go where they are paid to supervise the Visitation?
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What is supervised visitation?
When the Court has concerns that a parent might make unsafe choices or the child does not know the parent, the Court may order supervised visitation. This can happen in many kinds of court cases, such as custody, visitation, shared parenting, father’s rights / paternity cases, grandparent custody or visitation cases, divorce, legal separation, post-decree matters, emergency custody situations, and abuse/neglect/dependency cases.
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Who supervises the Visitation?
Court ordered supervision can be done by any person the Court deems fit, by the County, or by a private facility.
Can the County supervise the Visitation in Ohio?
The County can only supervise visits in abuse/neglect/dependency cases. According to Ohio Law, the Courts cannot order the County to oversee the visit in any other type of case.
Can one parent or the other supervise the Visitation?
Yes, if the Court allows it. This is most often done when one parent has been excluded or has not been involved in the Child’s life and the Court wants to allow the Child a little time to get more comfortable with the Parent. This arrangement is usually short-lived. Courts do not usually order one parent to supervise on a long term basis, unless both parents agree to this.
Can relatives, aunts, uncles or grandparents supervise the Visitation?
Yes, but Ohio courts will not usually require a person to do this unless he or she is willing to do so.
Are there places you can go where they are paid to supervise the Visitation?
There are businesses who do this for a fee. Usually, but not always, the Court orders the Parent to be supervised to pay the fee. Here is a link to a directory of places that provide this service in Ohio. http://www.svdirectory.com/state.htm?st=oh. In Franklin County, there are several places that provide supervised visitation, including Welcome to Our Place and the Buckeye Ranch.
Do you have more questions about supervised visitation, but you are not sure if you need an attorney? Maybe our FAQ page will help. If you would like to meet with one of the attorneys from our office, call us at 614-225-9316.
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