Regarding child custody and visitation matters, each family has unique needs based on their circumstances. Complicated situations could require the court’s intervention to determine arrangements to preserve the children’s best interests. These affairs could include the type of visitation setup appropriate for the child.
In Nebraska, the court has a hand in determining the family’s visitation plan details. In most cases, it could be straightforward. Other times, it could be complex, requiring the help of family and psychology professionals. Sometimes, the court could order supervised visitations based on multiple factors concerning the child’s welfare, including the following:
- Evidence of physical or emotional abuse
- The parent’s tendency to make irrational promises
- The child exhibits fear of the parent
- The child suffers from issues after leaving an abusive situation
- The parent shows behavior posing risks of fleeing with the child
- The child underwent coaching from the parent previously
- The parent’s history of substance abuse
- The child dislikes or reacts adversely to the visitations
Additionally, the court could indicate who could potentially serve as supervisors.
How can a supervisor help?
The judge typically orders supervised visitations if they could threaten the child’s health and safety. The supervisor must perform specific tasks during these sessions such as facilitating interaction, acting out the appropriate parenting behavior and helping sort out parent-child disagreements.
The supervisor should watch out for the child’s welfare, but they must not show any bias. Sometimes, the court might require the supervisor to have specific credentials relevant to the family’s circumstances.
The court knows how diverse families can be and the struggles they might face, especially during or after the parents’ separation. Fortunately, the law has legal standards and procedures to address these matters while protecting the child’s and their family’s best interest.