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Reasons for requiring supervised visitation of children

Minnesota courts will always honor the best interests of your children in any child custody and child visitation matter. However, what happens if the court's wish for your children to spend time with both parents, and its wish to keep your children safe, seem to disagree?

The fact is, some parents are too dangerous -- due to past instances criminal activity, drug abuse, sexual violence and domestic violence -- to safely spend time with their kids. Even in the case of a potentially dangerous parent, however, Minnesota courts may still feel that there is value in allowing the children contact with the parent. In these cases, family law courts may allow for supervised visits.

In a supervised visit, the parent will be permitted to spend time with his or her child, but not alone. A court-approved or court-appointed supervisor will be present to ensure the safety of the children at all times during these supervised visits.

Here are some reasons that could result in court-ordered supervision during parental visits:

  • Mental illness
  • Drug abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Risk of abduction
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • And other risky family situations

Supervised visits are common throughout the world, not just in the United States and Minnesota. If the other parent of your children represents a potential danger to your kids, you might want to look into supervised visits as a way to safely allow your children to get to know their other parent. You might also want to argue to strip the other parent of any right to seek your children. Whatever your goals, the Minnesota family law firm of Berg, Debele, Desmidt & Rabuse can advise you of you legal rights and options.

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