MTV Show Brings Awareness to Visitation Centers
For those who follow MTV’s reality hit TV show, “Teen Mom 2” (or one of the two other Teen Mom series which the media giant rotates on an annual basis), the difficulty of parental visitation is made abundantly clear. Trying to co-parent and agree on visitation – or in the case of some, follow the visitation rules laid out by the court – can be incredibly frustrating and troublesome.
In the case of Chelsea Houska and her daughter’s father Adam Lind, this could not be more true.
It has been made clear throughout many seasons of the show that the father, Lind, has not adhered to the court’s ruling that he must have supervised visits with his daughter in his own parent’s home. After continuous disregard of this ruling by both Lind and his parents (the supervisors), Houska submitted papers to have Lind visit his daughter in a state controlled visitation center, an option which many parents, before the airing of this show, were completely unaware of existing.
What Is a Visitation Center?
The majority of visits between parents and their children are held within the home of the parent or another location where they may have a fun filled day planned. In some situations, however, a judge may order that a parent only visit his or her child in what is called a “visitation center”.
In these state controlled centers, a non-biased third party is present at all times and ensures that the visit is appropriate and that everyone is safe and sound. There are a number of different scenarios which may make a judge order that a child only be seen in a visitation center, including:
- If there is a threat of abduction
- If there are concerns that the visiting parent is suffering from a mental illness
- If a parent has a history of child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, or substance abuse
- If there is not an established relationship between the child and the parent (or if a parent needs to be reintroduced into a child’s life)
Do I Have a Say in Where I Can See My Children?
Here at Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we help parents of children come to amicable agreements on visitation rights and where they can take place on a daily basis. Our best interest is in serving you and your children, and we believe in your right to see your children in an environment which is comfortable for everyone.
To discuss your personal situation, we invite you to contact us today at (858) 935-6211.