An Overview of Supervised Access
and Similar Other Factors Related to Child Custody
One of the crucial aspects in any divorce case is custody of children. As such you need to have proper knowledge of all the factors which are considered while custody for children is decided by the courts. As such, we will be exploring this topic so that you are better aware of the laws before your case comes up in court.
Child Custody and Associated Factors
Family law lawyers can help you understand the factors which are considered while child custody is given and such factors include the following:
- Physical as well as emotional well being of the child and his or her security.
- Your and your spouse's plans with regards to maintenance and education of the child.
- Financial needs of the child.
- Ethical as well as religious upbringing of your child.
- Parent's comprehension of their child's requirements and needs.
- Positive points of ensuring siblings stay together.
- Wishes of the child with importance of this factor increasing with age of the child.
- Kind of bonding that is present between care giver and the child.
This refers to a kind of access in which non custodial parent is allowed to have interaction with child but only when there is another adult to supervise such interaction. Such supervised access can be allowed at a center where a counselor, social worker or similar other person is available. In addition to it, such supervised access can be at a place where custodial parent is present.
What are the situations where supervised access becomes necessary?
Such type of access becomes necessary in case child will be facing risks while staying in care of the parent. These risks can arise due to parent's drug or alcohol addiction, violence or because of health problems which reduce parent's ability to provide required care to child. Parents seeking such type of access should consult family law lawyers so that required steps can be taken for proving necessity of supervised access.
List of People Allowed to Apply for Custody
The following people can apply:
- Adoptive parents
- Biological parents
- Step parents
- Other third parties
If any non parent wants to apply and have custody of the child then it will be necessary to consult family law lawyers since such applications tend to be quite difficult, more so in case parents of a child are still alive, quite able as well as willing to take custody of the child. Moreover, certain conditions are to be fulfilled when non parents apply for a child's custody, these conditions are:
- A compulsory check of police records to be finished within sixty days before applying for custody.
- Examination of court records to check non-parent's involvement in any earlier family case.
- In case the court requires, non-parent's criminal history will be checked.
- Non-parent's also need to provide authorization to their local Children's Aid Society (CAS) so that CAS can give a report which provides details of non-parent's involvement in past CAS cases.
To conclude it can be said that by consulting family law lawyers you will be able to thoroughly understand all the crucial aspects of child custody and move in the right direction.