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Technically, “parenting time” is a newer, more family friendly term for “visitation.” When a family separates, the parents have to make a decision regarding how they will spend time with their children. Visitation can vary, depending on various factors (such as custody rights).
In the state of California, there are four types of visitations.
That depends entirely on visitation rights. If you have scheduled visitation rights, then you must respect the schedule set in place by the courts.
As long as you’re gainfully employed, and all parties involved are aware of when and where parenting time will occur (including the court system, in specific instances) and the children feel safe, then parenting time can be held in various locations, such as a home.
With supervised parenting time, things are different. With supervised parenting time, a parent can only spend time with a child in specific locations at certain designated times — such as a supervised parenting center — and the occasion needs to be supervised by a third-party.
Certain activities may also be against the rules too. Supervised parenting time is also organized under a strict schedule: parents cannot be late and must respect the rules set down by the court system and the third-party observer.
You have two options: You can have a nonprofessional provider or a professional one. The court will notify you concerning which options are available, depending on your situation.
A nonprofessional provider can be a friend or family member (must be an adult), while a professional provider is someone who’s hired specifically for this situation.
Both have to follow strict visitation guidelines. If there are doubts about whether or not a child will be safe with a parent, then a nonprofessional provider will not be allowed.
If you’re searching for a supervised parenting program, it’s best to come up with a list of several providers or centers in your area. Interview each provider and ask these specific questions:
There are a number of ways that a parent can make parenting time safer:
No matter the child’s age, parents should treat their children exactly as they would under normal conditions. Age-appropriate (and possible court specified) activities should be planned in advance, and all set times should be respected and followed closely.
Christie Hopkins has personal and professional ties to the Family Law industry. She has extensive experience working with families going through child custody disputes. Christie approached Family Law with attentiveness and care to ensure both parties feel valued and heard.
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