If you are part of a Missouri couple going through a divorce, you and your spouse must figure out child custody issues. Usually, most parents are given joint custody, even if the child spends much more time with one of you than another. However, at times there may be extenuating circumstances that require what is known as supervised visitation in order for one parent to spend time with his or her child.

Psychology Today informs us that 1.5 million children are affected by their parents divorcing each year. In the most ideal scenario, you are able to keep your child’s life as “normal” as possible, without blaming your former spouse, insulting them or putting your child in between the two of you. Your kid fares best when he or she is able to spend as much time as they can with each parent, and when you and your ex learn to compromise. Unfortunately, at times a child needs to be protected when it is determined that one parent may not be able to care for the child safely on their own.

In this situation, a court may order “supervised visitation,” where the parent and child must be in the company of a neutral third party whenever they spend time together. The State of Missouri keeps a list of supervised visitation providers that you can contact. Often, this is needed when:

  • A parent has a substance abuse problem
  • When there has been a threat of kidnapping
  • If there are anger management issues
  • When a parent is struggling with their mental health

This information is here for educational purposes only and is not to be taken as legal advice.