Darryl Payne of New Jersey was married with three adult children and living with his wife when he began dating Emma Walden. Darryl and Emma had a daughter together. When they split up, Emma got custody of the daughter and Darryl got visitation on Saturdays.
During visitation, the daughter would spend some time with Darryl, his wife, her half siblings and some time with Darryl’s new girlfriend and the new girlfriend’s son. Emma was opposed to her daughter being exposed to such behavior and asked the court to require supervised visitation.
The trial judge threw the case out with a brief decision, “Your application to modify visitation and [for] supervised visitation is denied. Thank you very much. Have a pleasant holiday.”
While the Appellate Court said the trial judge should have explained his decision better, Emma had brought this objection up in previous hearings and had not shown a change in circumstances had occurred that would justify changing visitation to supervised.
Read more at New Jersey Family Law.