Q: Hello. I need help filing for supervised visitation for son’s father who is a drug user. Is it a long process?
No, it shouldn't be. It sounds like an emergency, so the Court should hear you on an emergency basis, which usually means within two business days or less, provided you have proof of the use; or other evidence -- like declaration(s) from eyewitnesses who saw the drug use; an admission from the father that he is using illegal drugs, a declaration from you that you recently saw the drugs and have knowledge what the drugs in question look like (and where you found the drugs); or other admissible evidence. You may or may not have to tell the father that you are going to court on an emergency basis.
I am assuming that you are the other parent not a third-party.
If you are asking for supervised visitation, the court will have to decide whether the visitation is professionally supervised or may be supervised by a mutual acquaintance and who that acquaintance should be; and if it is professionally supervised, who should pay for it.
But even if the court awards you supervised visitation for the father, there will have to be a follow-up hearing where the court has more time to listen to both sides of the story.
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