Like most people, when you are going through a divorce in Texas you are trying to keep things as amicable as possible with your former spouse for the sake of your children. In an ideal world, you would share joint custody and your child would spend as much time as is feasible with each parent. Sometimes, there are reasons that preclude this from happening. 

According to Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, each year there are over 1 million American children affected when their parents divorce or separate. While this split can potentially trigger trauma, many children adjust well emotionally, especially when they have a good relationship with each parent. However, occasionally an issue with one parent prevents this from happening. 

There are certain times when a court determines that the best interest of your child requires a neutral third party to be present when you or your ex spend time with your child. If there are considerations like anger management issues or violence, a judge may say that you need to receive counseling before you can be alone with your child again. This is also true when there is drug or alcohol use and therapy is ordered. 

Other situations that may warrant supervised visitation include kidnapping threats, various kinds of abuse, incarceration, or severe mental illness issues. When possible, this supervised visitation is just for a short period of time and eventually leads to shared joint custody in a healthy way between you and your former spouse. 

This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.