Two main types of visitation are used to allow parents who do not have physical custody to see their minor children on a regular basis.
This is the most common type of visitation as it is the general position of the Texas courts and it’s legislature for parents to have fulfilling relationships with their children. This means not only being able to share in the rights and responsibilities of parenting, but also allowing each parent the ability to spend time with their children.
This is less common but can be ordered by the court in cases that include but are not limited to reasons such as physical or emotional abuse, mental illness, substance abuse, previous criminal behavior and/or abduction.
Possible options for a court ordered supervised visitation can include a neutral third party, the other parent, or monitored by a professional.
Supervised visitation does not necessarily have to be permanent. A parent who has been ordered supervised visitation may ask the court to modify that order and the court may grant an order to return a parent back to a non supervised possession (visitation) schedule if the court finds that there is no risk of harm to the child by the parent.