In case the access to the children is provided in the presence of someone else to ensure the children’s safety, it is often referred to as supervised access. The basic aim of it is to ensure the safety of the child. Also in some cities, there are supervised access centers being run by the government. To ensure efficient supervision on the site without adding any expense to the government, a family member or a friend is made the designated supervisor.
Such cases of supervised access are rare. It is up to the court to decide that whether there is any need of supervised access. In case the court feels that the child is under the risk of being harmed in absence of a supervisor, such a provision can be made. There have been cases where the parents had abused the child in the past or have tried to separate the child from the other partner. In such rare cases, the court makes such an order.
Also, there have been cases of supervised exchanges where there are risks of the child getting affected from the hostile behavior of the parents towards each other. Also, it is not necessary that such exchanges have to take place at a supervised access center. Many a times, parents choose to exchange the children at public places so that there is minimal risk of any hostility towards each other. In fact, the primary concern in such cases is to not let the child get affected from such situations.
Also, there are rare cases where the supervised access is imposed permanently, otherwise it is normally imposed on a temporary basis. Also, there have been cases of imposing a permanent supervised access where the access parent is a drug addict or acutely depressed showing little signs of recovery. In such cases due to the child being at high risk of harm, a supervised form of access becomes important.
In case there is a high conflict scenario, it is wise to consider the option of supervised access.