Restrictions on Parenting Time

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In New York, courts rarely will deny a parent the right to see a child. However, with the proper showing, New York courts will place restrictions on the exercise of parenting time. For instance, a parent may only have contact with a child in a supervised setting. In such a setting, the supervised visits may take place at a visitation center with professional staff, or the supervision could be more informal in a setting with friends or family.

Generally, when supervised parenting time is ordered to take place at a visitation center, the case usually involves circumstances where a child was severely traumatized. These cases usually involve children who have been abused or neglected, have witnessed domestic violence, have lived with a mentally ill parent, or have been abducted.

In order to place restrictions on a parent’s right to parenting time, a New York court must find that visitation would seriously endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health. In other words, proof beyond mere allegations is required.

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