Q: I have a 9year old daughter with my ex. We have a signed custody plan giving him supervised visitation since she was 2
However he has not seen her in over 3 years and now wants me to just let him pick her up and take her for unsupervised visits. My question is what would be the best thing to do in this situation? If we go back to court for visitation rights what are the chances he will get 50/50 custody of her? We live in Colorado.
A: You need to do what the order from the court says to do. There was a reason his parenting time was supervised. If he chose not to exercise that time with his daughter that is not your problem. You need to do what is in the best interests of your child. If the father wishes to have parenting time then you may mediate with him to come to a new kind of arrangement and then get it approved by the court or he may file a motion with the court and explain why he should have different parenting time.
In either case, many parents who have been absent for a long time from a child's life will use a therapist to help "reintegrate" into the child's life again. It is usually done gradually for the comfort of the child. But, you should seek professional advise both legal and pychological before you agree to modify parenting time.
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