This post concludes and recaps our series on cases in Boston, Massachusetts which involve the supervised visitation of children. We felt it was necessary to write on the this topic due to the fact that supervised visits are a topic about which many parents have misperceptions. Some are too quick to believe that visitation should be supervised while others err in thinking that their rights should not be restricted. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to more fully understand their rights and options. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we analyzed include:
- Situations in which Courts will order supervised visitation
- Requesting an emergency change of child custody
- What happens during supervised child visits
- The process of litigating a child custody change
- Winning unsupervised visitation with your child
We chose to address these topics for important reasons. First, parents must understand that Family Court Judges will typically only order supervision in instances which involve a threat to the child’s mental or physical well being. General assertions that one parent is “bad” will not meet this burden. Second, if the situation is truly an emergency then the Court is likely to grant an expedited hearing in the matter. Third, supervised visits are not a time for a parent to speak ill of their counterpart or to discuss the litigation with the child. They are, instead, a time for one to bond with their child. Fourth, knowing what to expect from the litigation process can help to ensure that the matter goes smoothly. Finally, it is crucial that a parent know how to win back unsupervised visits with his or her child so that the appropriate steps may be taken.
One point that we stressed through each of these articles is that it is crucial to speak with an experienced family law attorney. No two cases are alike and, if the Court is concerned for the child’s safety, then it is important that your matter be properly presented to the Judge. Our Boston child custody lawyers are experienced in handling such matters and our office is ready to assist you. Contact us today. We also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.