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When Is Supervised Visitation Warranted in Illinois?

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Divorce can be a messy and emotional process, especially when children are involved. Understandably, parents often show a different side of themselves when their parental rights are on the line. The formulation of parenting time schedules is always done in the best interests of the child, and this often includes shared time with both parents. However, in some cases, both parents remaining in the child’s life can be dangerous and unhealthy for the child, warranting intervention from the Illinois court system. As difficult as this may be for the child and the parents, supervised visitation may be required for a parent to spend time with his or her child.

Supervised Parenting Time Situations

Supervised visitation is the court’s way of allowing a parent to remain in his or her child’s life while making sure that the child’s safety is a priority. In some cases, a parent may try to restrict their former partner’s relationship with the child by requesting supervised visitation requirements. To ensure that a child's relationship with a parent is not harmed because of the other parent's negative actions or emotions, the Illinois courts will only consider mandating supervised visitation in a select number of situations. These scenarios include:

  • There is evidence of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of the child by a parent.

  • There is proof of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by one parent against the other.

  • The parent has substance abuse problems.

  • The parent has a mental illness that could put the child in danger.

  • The child is at risk of being abducted or kidnapped by the parent.

  • The parent has neglected the child.

  • The parent is attempting to start a relationship with the child but has been absent from his or her life up until now.

  • There is a history of dangerous family situations.

Avoiding Supervised Visitation

It is not uncommon for former spouses to take their anger out on their child’s other parent, attempting to keep the child to themselves. Not only is this unfair to the victimized parent, but it can also permanently fracture the parent’s relationship with their child. You cannot control your former spouse’s actions; however, there are some ways that you can keep your name clear in the eyes of the court. 

Avoiding drug and alcohol use around your child is crucial for all legal cases. One referenced action can completely change the court’s mind on the matter. When the child is in your care, it is important to ensure that he or she is never left alone. Whether you mean any harm or not, your child stating that he or she was left without supervision is another issue that can lead to restricted parenting time. It is important to keep a positive and calm attitude when taking care of your child. Any excessive punishments, yelling, or other negative actions made because of frustration could potentially be misconstrued, and you could be made to appear dangerous and unfit to care for your child without supervision.

Call an Orland Park Divorce Attorney 

Depending on your relationship with your former spouse, divorce proceedings can turn into a battle for parenting time with your child. In some cases, these arguments can escalate from bickering behind closed doors to arguing in court. At Anderson & Associates, P.C., we assist parents in a variety of situations, helping them do what is best for their child. Our attorneys have years of experience advocating for parents’ rights while keeping children's well-being a priority. If you have children and are considering a divorce, contact our Will County parenting time lawyers at 708-226-9904 for a free consultation.






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