Husband was granted supervised visitations and neglected to schedule the visits

My soon to be ex husband was granted supervised visitations October 20 2012. The visitation center on the order was apparently closed and he filed a motion to move to a local center in January 2012. I received a phone call July 22 2013 from the center stating my husband had just faxed the visitation order and this gentleman was looking to schedule an intake. My concern is the order was granted in October 2012. It has been 10 months and my ex husband is just now seeking to schedule the visits., this makes me very uncomfortable. We have not heard or seen him in just over a year. Is there a required time for him to act on the order once it's issued? What are my options? 10 months is a very long time for a "concerned parent" to finally act on a supervised visitation order. Thank you

Greenfield, MA -

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Erin Jordan Harris

Erin Jordan Harris

Family Law Attorney - Boston, MA
Answered

The visitation schedule is enforceable by him until the Court says otherwise. If you have concerns that the delay makes it so that the visitation schedule is no longer in the best interests of the children then you will need to take it up with the judge - either by means of a motion or complaint for modification depending on the status of your case.

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Stephen Daniel Karpf

Stephen Daniel Karpf

Family Law Attorney - Newton, MA
Answered

There is no specific time period, but part of the answer will depend on the specific wording of the Court orders. His delay, in combination with his past history, could certainly justify going into Court and asking to change or reduce the schedule of supervised visits to something he would find more manageable. However, no Court is going to completely terminate supervised visits - and under most circumstances, it is better for the child for there to be at least some, albeit supervised, contact between parent and child. The visits will still be supervised.

It sounds to me that the wisest course would be to assess if a change in the schedule would be a good thing for your child, file a motion if need be, and in the meantime begin the intake process.

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