There are occasions when a parent’s visitation/parenting time must be monitored in order to ensure the protection and safety of the child/children. The levels of supervision vary depending upon the facts of each situation. Some supervised visits may be able to take place in public with a supervisor monitoring off at a safe distance. Other extreme cases require the visitation to be in a secure facility with a monitor in the room and a police officer located outside of it.
Finding an appropriate supervised visitation facility may be a daunting task. Below are links to websites that provide contact information for supervised visitation facilities through the Commonwealth, with many of the links concentrating in Middlesex and Essex Counties. It is important when choosing a supervised visitation facility that you contact the facility directly to ask your specific questions and to see if they are able to address the concerns in your particular case. It is also recommended to go and to view the facility beforehand.
The links to the websites are as follows:
Massachusetts Supervised Visitation Directory: http://www.svdirectory.com/state.htm?st=ma
MassLegalHelp.org – Listing by County: http://www.masslegalhelp.org/domestic-violence/supervised-visitation/ma-coalition/providers
Merrimack Valley: http://mvhub.com/cgi-bin/mvhub/guide.pl?rm=show_program&program_id=505929
Middlesex & Essex County Provider: http://www.masslegalhelp.org/children-and-families/publications/booklets/alternative-house
Supervised Visitation Network (all sites in Massachusetts, also links to nationwide search): http://www.svnetwork.net/providers_results.asp
If you have any questions regarding supervised parenting time and/or visitation, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney at Hamblett & Kerrigan to discuss. The attorneys at Hamblett & Kerrigan have experience in handling such situations. Let Hamblett & Kerrigan use their experience to your advantage.
Kevin P. Rauseo is a former director at Hamblett & Kerrigan P.A. and has since been appointed as a Justice for the New Hampshire Circuit Court. Please feel free to contact another attorney at Hamblett & Kerrigan to discuss your legal issues.