This is the first post in a series which will discuss supervised visitation in Little Rock, Arkansas child custody cases. We have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that supervised visitation is a topic which causes a great deal of confusion amongst parents. The fact of the matter is that a Court will only grant supervised visitation under certain circumstances and, once it has been granted, the Court’s orders will be strictly enforced. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help parents to fully understand their options. It is also our goal to provide information which will assist in the selection of a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing multiple topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- The reasons for which a Court may order supervised visits
- The process of requesting that the other parent’s visitation be supervised
- What to expect during supervised visitation
- How a parent may win unsupervised visitation
These are important topics for parents to understand. First, a Judge will only order supervised visitation if they believe that the parent is somehow posing a physical or emotional danger to the child. When claiming that the other parent is creating a dangerous situation, a Court will look to objective evidence and not to broad claims that someone is a bad person. Second, if the situation is truly an emergency then it may be possible to gain an expedited hearing from the Court. Third, knowing what to expect from a supervised visit can help to ensure that the event is properly conducted. Finally, a parent must know the path to winning unsupervised visits so that they may begin taking the necessary steps to do so.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you should contact a lawyer immediately if you wish to request that your child’s other parent only receive supervised visits. Making a frivolous request to the Court may result in the other parent actually receiving more time with the child. Counsel can help you to understand whether you have a legitimate reason to bring such a request. Contact our Little Rock child custody attorneys today to schedule an appointment. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest Arkansas.