- To give the visiting parent a chance to address specific issues;
- To help reintroduce a parent and a child after a long absence;
- To help introduce a parent and a child when there has been no existing relationship between them;
- When there is a history or allegations of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, or substance abuse;
- When there are parenting concerns or mental illness; or
- When there is a threat of abduction by the non-custodial parent.
Divorce is usually a difficult time for families, but can be viewed as a process necessary to move to a more fulfilling, happy, and stable phase of life. When a divorce is the result of one parent’s terrible job of being a parent, there is no need to make the children continue suffering. It may be necessary to protect the children from being alone with a parent who is not fit to have unsupervised visitation. In California, a court may find that a parent is unfit to be alone with his or her children and require visits to be supervised by a third party. Some common reasons a court may order supervised visitation include the following: