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A Colorado Springs Child Custody Lawyer Discusses Supervised Visitation: Part One

Thursday, 12 August 2010

blog-logoIn the state of Colorado, like most other states, many separated or divorced parents are faced with the prospect of supervised visitation, but there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this topic.  As a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer, I feel compelled to shed some light on the legal aspects of supervised visitation.

While most noncustodial parents have the right to visit with their children, these rights are by no means absolute.  A Colorado court can suspend normal visitation rights if and when they find that unsupervised visitation would run contrary to the child’s best interest. 

This ruling usually occurs in cases where a parent is shown to be unfit due to neglect, child abuse, or severe mental illness.  When normal visitation rights are revoked, it is customary for the court to recommend some form of parenting time, as long as the relationship could have a positive impact on their child’s life.  The best case scenario in situations like this is often supervised visitation.

In more extreme cases of abuse, the custodial parent will appeal to the Colorado court to stop visitation altogether, but sometimes this request falls short of denying visitation.  If this happens, the next step is for the custodial parent to prove that unsupervised visitation with the noncustodial parent would seriously endanger the child.  

Depending on your unique situation, supervised or restricted visitation may be the best solution, but keep in mind that this type of arrangement can take various forms.  Some Colorado jurisdictions offer a public meeting place for all court-ordered supervised visits, where others will assign a third person to be present at all times during visitation.

Colorado Springs parents considering a legal action that would restrict the noncustodial parent’s access to the children should consult with a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer.  An attorney will educate you on the types of acts that run contrary to a child’s best interests, and help you take the legal steps to ensure the safety of your children.

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