Supervised Child Visitation - Information for Litigants

Categories of Supervised Visitation Providers

    There are two categories of Supervised Child Visitation Providers: non-professional and professional.

    The Non-Professional Provider is any person who is not paid for providing supervised child visitation services. The most common person in this category is a friend or a family member. Unless otherwise ordered by the court or stipulated by the parties, the Non-Professional Provider should meet the following requirements:

  • Have no record of a conviction for child molestation, child abuse, or other crimes against a person;
  • Have proof of automobile insurance if transporting the child;
  • Have no current or past court order in which the provider is the person being supervised;
  • Agree to adhere to and enforce the court order regarding supervised visitation; and
  • File a Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider (FL-324) with the court prior to beginning services as a Non-Professional Supervised Child Visitation Provider in a case.

The Professional Provider is any person paid for providing supervised child visitation services, or an independent contractor, employee, intern, or volunteer operating independently or through a supervised visitation center or agency. Compensation arrangements must be made between the parties and the provider. The Professional Provider should meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have no record of a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) within the last five years;
  • Not have been on probation or parole for the last 10 years;
  • Have no record of a conviction for child molestation, child abuse, or other crimes against a person;
  • Have proof of automobile insurance if transporting the child;
  • Have no civil, criminal, or juvenile restraining orders within the last 10 years;
  • Have no current or past court order in which the provider is the person being supervised;
  • Be able to speak the language of the party being supervised and of the child, or the provider must provide a neutral interpreter over the age of 18 who is able to do so;
  • Have no conflict of interest;
  • Agree to adhere to and enforce the court order regarding supervised visitation and;
  • Meet the training requirements set forth in Cal. Fam. Code 3200.5(d)(1); and
  • File a Supervised Visitation Provider Annual Declaration (RI-FL012) with the court each year.

All Supervised Child Visitation Providers (non-professional or professional) should abide by the California Rules of Court Standard 5.20 Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation. All superivsed child visitation providers should make every reasonable effort to assure the safety and welfare of the child and adults during the vistation. All providers should maintain neutrality and not discuss the merits of the case or agree with or support one party over another.  Any discussion between a provider and the parties should be for the purposes of arranging visitation and providing for the safety of the children.

Please note that communications between parties and providers of supervised child visitation are not protected by any privilege of confidentiality.

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