Resources are available for visits after domestic problems
Although courts generally prefer it when both parents are able to see their children without supervision and also prefer it when parents are able to trade off their children without help, when there is a history of domestic violence or other abuse, this is not always possible. Fortunately, the Lake County courts have made arrangements with a local not-for-profit organization, which is dedicated to preventing domestic violence, to have a place where parents can go to have supervised visits or exchange their children without the risk of high conflict.
The idea behind this safe place concept is that victims of domestic violence are likely not going to feel comfortable directly interacting with their abusers or, alternatively, may fall prey to further abusive and manipulative behavior. Moreover, many times abuse occurs in the midst of high conflict between two parents.
The safe place can arrange it so that each parent gets his or her time with their kids, but the tradeoff of the children does not involve the parents actually having to see each other. One parent drops off the children at one time or in one part of the center, and the other parent picks them up at a different time or in other part of the center.
Moreover, when the judge orders it as part of a child custody decision, the organization with which the courts have contracted can offer supervised visits to a parent so that he or she can work on his or her relationship with the children. While no one wants to get into a situation in which domestic violence and supervised visits are a reality, it is good when parents are aware of their options and resources in these sorts of cases.