A family court always focuses on the child's best interests and may address safety concerns by requiring supervised visits between the father and the child. Fathers should learn more about their rights from a child custody lawyer.
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Eligibility to Request Visitation
The father must have legal rights to a relationship with the child before he can ask the court for visits. The father gains parental rights by establishing the child's paternity, also known as parentage or legal fatherhood.
Reasons to Order Supervised Visitation
According to the California Courts Self-Help Center, a court must have a valid reason to order supervised visitation. For example, the father may qualify for supervised visits if he has perpetrated domestic violence or child abuse or if he has been accused of domestic violence or child abuse. He might also qualify if he has been absent from his child's life and they need to gradually reconnect or if he has a mental illness or substance abuse problem.
Even if the father believes he has rights to supervised visitation, he must obtain a court order. The court will decide whether to grant his request and determine the frequency and length of the visits. The court might require ongoing reports from the visitation supervisor about the visits and any progress in the parent-child relationship.
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