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TIPS FOR PARENTS

Tips for the Non-Custodial Parent: 

You are the visiting parent and being with your child in the presence of someone else may be uncomfortable for you, at least in the beginning. You probably have many questions and concerns, and that is perfectly understandable. Do your best to focus on your relationship with your child. Your patience and commitment are important during this time.  

  • Read the court order

  • Arrive and depart on time. 

  • Do not discuss custody, divorce, separation, or support issues. 

  • Do not quiz your child about the other parent's private life, activities and relationships

  • Do not make your child a "messenger" to the other parent. 

  • Understand that your love, patience and commitment will pay off and help you have a better relationship with your child now and in the future. 

  • Focus on the main purpose of you valuable visitation time with your child. 

 

Tips for the Custodial-Parent: 

Supervised visitation can also be a challenge for you. Typically you have been taking care of your child's everyday needs and have a routine for yourself and your family. Supervised visitation can sometimes feel like 1 more responsibility. Of course, you also have concerns and questions about

the visits and how they will affect your child. This is understandable. It is also important for the parent who has primary and physical custody of the child to be appropriately prepared for the child's visit with the other parent. 

 

  • Understand the court order. 

  • Arrive on time to drop off and pick up your child. 

  • Explain to your child where and when the visits will take place. 

  • Reassure your child that you support them in having pleasant visit. 

  • Avoid quizzing your child about the visit. 

  • Encourage the parent/child relationship with the visiting parent. 

 

Tips for Both Parents: 

If you need to change the visitation schedule, the provider cannot do that for you. To assist you in filing the proper paperwork, contact your attorney or the Family Law Facilitator.

 

Supervised visitation can be difficult and uncomfortable at times. Often there are hurt and angry feelings toward the other parent. It may also seem impossible to have a positive attitude about supervised visitation. Remember that both of you care about your child and your child will benefit by having both parents in their lives whenever possible. We are here to help you focus and often refocus on the main purpose of these visitations.