We have compiled the most commonly asked questions about FAQs Supervised Visitation and answers for your convenience.

Q:  Why do people hire a supervised visitation monitor?

A:  There are many situations in which a parent would need supervised visitation, such as:

domestic violence

substance abuse

sexual abuse

emotional abuse

physical abuse

parental alienation syndrome

light risk

when a parent tries to commit suicide

Some parents have none of these issues and they just require help with parenting and guidance

Q: What is a visitation monitor?

A: Visitation Monitor as defined in Penal Code Section 11165.7(a)(30) is: “Any person who, for financial compensation, acts as a monitor of a visit between a child and parent when the monitoring of that visit has been ordered by a court of law.” The rules for visitation monitors in California are further defined in California Rules of Court 5.20.

Q: Who pays for the supervised visitation?

A: The judge makes that decision based on the financial status of the parents and information given to them by the attorneys. In most cases the parent being supervised pays the monitoring fee. Sometimes the parents split the cost of the fee or even friends or family members pay the fee so the visiting parent can see their child.

Q: How is the payment made from the parent to the visitation monitor?

A: A cash payment is paid to the Monitor at the beginning of each visit. The monitor will give you a receipt for all services provided.

Q: How long is each supervised visit?

A: The judge will determine how many hours a parent will get each week or every other week. There is a two-hour minimum visit required.

Q: What activities can I do with my children during a supervised visit?

A: We always adhere to any stipulations in the court order and we highly encourage you to enjoy regular activities with your child. We supervise visits at parks, shopping malls, movies, and beaches, to name a few places. We are open to suggestions. We do not supervise visits at any of the large amusement parks. The venues are too large and it makes it difficult for the monitor to hear conversations between the parent and child and/or possibly lose sight of the child and/or the parent.

Q: Who pays for the activities?

A: The parent is responsible for all the expenses incurred during the visit for themselves, the child and the monitor. The parent is not responsible for paying for food for the monitor.

Q: Why are people supervised on visits to see their child?

A: If there has been domestic violence by either parent to each other and the child has witnessed it. Parents who have substance abuse problems be it alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Parents sometimes suffer from mental illness or have tried to commit suicide. Some parents have allegations of physical or sexual abuse with the child. Some parents turn the child against the other parent, which is called Parental Alienation Syndrome. Some parents haven’t seen their child for a very long time, and the child doesn’t remember them and in this case, the parents are supervised for reunification. Some parents don’t have the proper parenting skills and just need some training on how to care for their child.

Q: What is transportation of the child from the custodial parent to the non-supervised parent?

A: When the monitor picks up the child from the custodial parent and drives them to a prearranged location and drops off the child to the visiting parent. The parent visits the child without a monitor for a specific length of time or has overnight visits. When it is time for the child to be returned to the custodial parent, the monitor picks up the child and reverses the process.

This is usually done when:

The parents are not communicating

The parents don’t want to have contact with each other

A parent wants to conceal their residence

Or when there is a restraining order.