Colorado Child Support and Custody Laws - Supervised Visitation
SUPERVISED PARENTING TIME
If a court determines a parent may be a danger to a child physically
or emotionally, the court may order that all parenting time by
that parent be supervised. Evidence of such danger may include
domestic violence (whether or not there have been convictions),
alcohol or drug use, or psychological abuse.
Unless the endangerment involves conviction for certain violent
or child endangering crimes, such supervision may be performed
by anyone the parties agree to and approved by the judge, including,
for example, relatives or friends. In any case, supervision may
be performed by agencies that provide such services. While such
agencies are generally not expensive, the fact there is any expense,
along with the limiting nature of supervision, may cause a parent
who is subject to being supervised to voluntarily limit his or
her parenting time. Having one’s parenting time supervised
is often perceived as significantly onerous, and may be the source
of considerable friction between the parents.
A parent who believes a child is in imminent physical or emotional
danger due to parenting time or contact with the other parent may
ask the court to restrict such contact, and the court will hold
a hearing on the issue within seven days. During this time, a person
deemed suitable by the court will supervise any parenting time
for the alleged offender. However, if the court determines that
the allegation of endangerment was unsubstantiated, the court may
order the accusing parent to pay the accused parent’s attorneys
fees for defending him or herself.
These kinds of allegations can add an explosive and contentious
element to a divorce or custody proceeding. As it should, the court
will view all, such allegations of child endangerment very seriously.
Therefore, it is important that all parents carefully investigate
the circumstances and take protective measures only where necessary
to protect a child’s safety.
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