In New York State, how common is it for supervised visitation be granted by the court?

Asked over 1 year ago - Jamestown, NY

I have proof of the other party having a mental illness , history of drug abuse , history of physical and verbal abuse , is currently on SSD ( due to the mental illness ) and even has a Rep . Payee in place to handle their funds because it was determined they could not do it on their own . Proof I have are police reports , photos , text messages , doctor's reports , etc . We have a four year old special needs child and currently in the temporary order he has supervised visitations 2 - 3 times per week . I would like to know my chances of having the supervision continued in the final order ?

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Other party is asking for UNsupervised visitation and joint custody. I have been told I can't ask the court to order ongoing supervised visitation. (ongoing; meaning it continues until he takes me back to court sometime in the future to change it)

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  1. Jack Richard Lebowitz

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    Answered . Your additional information indicates the noncustodial parent is seeking unsupervised visitation. If the party is an mentally unstable as your question and evidence suggests, it is unlikely the court will allow unsupervised visitation after a hearing, until, on a further modification petition, the other parent can demonstrate he will not potentially subject the children to abuse or neglect while in his care.

    You don't say whether you are talking about joint legal custody or shared/joint physical custody, but that also sounds unlikely at this time. The attorney for the children will interview the parents and the child and have a good deal of influence on the outcome.

    If you are going to be in a contested hearing situation, you are well advised to be represented at the hearing by an attorney or seek the mediation or parenting skills programs usually offered for free by the family court. Low cost or free attorneys may be offered by legal aid societies in your area, especially where abuse and domestic violence has occurred or is a possibility. This site may also help you find attorneys who will offer free consultations (use the "find a lawyer" tab). Best of luck to you.

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    Answered . Is the other parent even seeking unsupervised visitation? If they consent to supervised then it is just that simple. If they do not consent, then a hearing will take place where both sides will be able to present evidence and question witnesses. Once both sides have presented their respective cases, the Judge will render a written decision.

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  3. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Supervised vistation is granted when there is a real or potential danger to the child. It seems in your case that the risk is likely and the court shod grant supervised visitation. It depends on the particular facts in your case. Retain an attorney to help you. Good luck.

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