In some circumstances, a court may order supervised visitation in a Texas custody case if necessary to protect the child’s health and safety. Supervised visitation allows the parent and child to maintain their relationship, while protecting he child’s safety. A father recently appealed a modification order requiring him to comply with certain conditions, including supervised visitation.
In the parents’ final divorce decree, they were both appointed joint managing conservators of the children. The mother was awarded the exclusive right to designate the residence of the children within a specified county. The decree required the father to maintain a Soberlink subscription, attend Alcoholics Anonymous, and have supervised visitation.
The trial court modified the parent-child relationship after finding the father was in contempt of the decree in January 2021. The modification order required the father’s visitation to be supervised in accordance with the conditions set out in the order. He was required to have an “adult assistant/babysitter present” who stayed within line of sight and hearing of the father and children any time he had possession. The assistant/babysitter was required to stay within line of sight and hearing of the father and children. The parties were to mutually agree upon the assistant/babysitter, or the court would designate one. The court stated its ruling resulted from the contempt finding.