Virtual visitation is becoming more popular with each passing year. In the future, this could change the way children and their parents communicate.
At the name suggests, virtual visitation allows a child and parent to stay in touch, all without visiting in person. This is done via video mail, email, video conferencing, and instant messaging.
If you are interested in virtual visitation, it is important to discuss it with the other parent, as well as the court. It should become a part of the child custody order or parenting agreement.
Before you can decide for or against a virtual visitation agreement, it is important to understand the benefits. These include but are not limited to:
— The ability to help a child with a homework project
— Ease of communication regardless of distance
— Opportunity to see your child’s face
— Live viewing of big events, such as games and recitals
Of course, there are also some drawbacks of virtual visitation. For instance, there is no replacement for face to face interaction and physical contact.
Many parents in Texas decide to use virtual visitation along with another arrangement, as they determine this is the “best of both worlds.”
Going through divorce, especially when you have a child with your former partner, is never easy. If you worry about being left behind, if you worry you won’t get to spend as much time with your child, it may be a good idea to learn more about virtual visitation. It is a growing trend that has helped many parents stay in constant communication with their child.
Source: FindLaw, “Virtual Visitation,” accessed Jan. 13, 2016