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Types of visitation to protect children in custody disputes

Once people in New York become parents they immediately have certain responsibilities whether they like it or not. They must care for their children and provide for their needs. However, some parents take this responsibility more seriously than others. Some parents may also have drug or alcohol addictions or untreated mental health conditions which affect their ability to properly care for their children.

However, sometimes these issues go beyond simply preventing a parent from properly caring for their children and actually can be harmful to the children. Ultimately all child custody and visitation decisions are made based on what is in the best interests of the child and sometimes spending time with a parent may not be in the best interests of the child. So, there are options available to help a parent see a child and have a relationship with them while still protecting the child.

One of these options is supervised visitation. This could be done at a specific center for supervised visitation or done by another trusted adult, but it ensures someone is there to ensure the visitation with the child is appropriate. In some situations the visitation could even be supervised by a therapist or another professional to help the parent during their parenting time. In the most extreme cases a judge could order that a parent not have any visitation with the child because contact in any setting would be detrimental to the child.

There are many different familial situations in New York and each child custody and visitation determination will be based on those unique circumstances. Some of these unique circumstances may determine that a parent cannot have visitation with their child without certain protections in place such as being supervised by another adult. Child custody and visitation determinations can be very complicated and consulting with an experienced attorney may be helpful to ensure that the best interests of the child are being met.

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