Protecting Children from an Unfit Parent in California

Supervised Visitation in California
Supervised Visitation in California
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:
  • 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.
In addition to establishing supervised visitation, a court may also determine when, where, and how long visitation will take place, along with who will supervise visits.  If you are going through a difficult divorce and have concerns over the safety of your children during post-divorce visits, contact us immediately to review your case and help you determine the best strategy for protecting your children. Likewise, if you feel visitation is being wrongfully withheld due to unfounded allegations that you are an unfit parent, contact us to discuss your options and help you restore your healthy relationship with your children. The Law Offices of Judy L. Burger can assist you in fighting for your rights and those of your children in a visitation or custody dispute in California. Judy L. Burger is known for her aggressive representation of clients in high conflict cases in and around the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas. If you are a parent with a visitation or custody issue, call us today to learn more about how we can help. Call (415)293-8314 in the San Francisco Bay area or (916)631-1935 in the Sacramento area, or contact us online via our confidential inquiry form.