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How does third party supervised visitation work in Michigan?

The court system in Michigan rarely revokes visitation rights because it is considered in the child’s best interests to have time to develop a relationship with both parents. However, according to Michigan parenting time guidelines, if there are concerns regarding your child’s time with the other parent, you may have the option to request supervised parenting time while these issues are addressed.

The supervisor may be a friend or relative of you or the child’s other parent. The friend of the court may need to choose an appropriate person who is willing to perform the supervisory role if you and the other parent are unable to agree. Each of you would provide your preferred choice and the reasons you are uncomfortable with the person suggested by the other parent, and these would be taken into consideration before the supervisor is selected.

Typically, the court may approve third party visitation at a neutral location for a short time. For example, it may be necessary if the parent and child do not know each other yet, or while the other parent is in the process of finding an appropriate place to live. The objective is usually to create a safe environment where the other parent can bond with the child, but supervision in this type of case is not intended to be therapeutic to their relationship.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive discussion on the issues that may necessitate third party supervised visitation. For example, situations that require therapy or long-term needs may be treated differently. The information provided is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.

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