Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Parental access & visitation rights vs. child safety

Parental rights vs. child safety: Should boys have been visiting Josh Powell? (+video)

Josh Powell, a 'person of interest' in his wife's disappearance two years ago, died with his two young boys in an apparent murder-suicide. Should he have had visitation rights?

Amanda PaulsonFebruary 6, 2012, Christian Science Monitor

Should Josh Powell have had visitation rights with his two young children – whom he allegedly killed on Sunday in an apparent murder-suicide? 

How could the authorities have given supervised visitation to a parent who was a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance? Should it have been at his house, as opposed to a neutral spot? Why was no one aware of how troubled Mr. Powell apparently was?

But it’s not always clear in such cases what precautions are necessary – and a parent’s right to see his or her children is a powerful one in family court.

Read the whole story here. 

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