If you and your ex-spouse are trying to make proper child custody and visitation arrangements while separated by distance, you may want to consider virtual visitation. This form of visitation allows the non-custodial parent to send emails, engage in video conferences and send instant messaging to children. Virtual visitation can be included in your Virginia child custody order or parenting agreement if this agreement is ideal for your family.
When can parents request virtual visitation?
Parents can ask for virtual visitation as part of the child custody and visitation agreement when the non-custodial parent is looking to move out of the area where the child resides. Virtual communication allows the parent who is moving to continue communicating with the child and strengthen the relationship.
Laws concerning virtual visitation
Online or internet visitation is a fairly new concept but is growing in popularity. Several states are adding virtual visitation in child custody cases, and more states are considering doing so. Online visitation allows parents and children to stay in touch with one another, and children can share their special celebrations and milestones with their non-custodial parent virtually if the parent can’t be there in person.
Video chats can be beneficial for younger children since the parent can read a bedtime story or help with homework online. Video conversations also allow children and parents to see each other’s facial expressions when having a conversation, which can help them get to know one another better. While in-person contact is ideal for children, virtual visitation often helps children feel better and more connected their parent between in-person visits.
Staying in touch with children isn’t always easy when separated by distance, but advancing technology opens more options for parents. Consult with a family law attorney to get more information on virtual visitation and how this option could be beneficial for your children.