Virtual Visitation works for some families

| Aug 12, 2020 | Child Custody |

In an ideal world, couples would stay married to one another and raise their children together. If the parents do have differences and end up getting divorced, they would be able to find residences near one another so they can continue to play important roles in their children’s lives and divide up parenting responsibilities equally. However, given today’s economic climate, it is possible that divorced parents have to move to another city, state or even country in pursuit of better economic opportunities. Those who are moving should consult an experienced attorney to ensure they go about changing their child custody and visitation orders legally and accordingly.

Ways to stay in touch from a distance

One way for California parents to keep in touch with their children when they are unable to meet frequently is though virtual visitation. It is electronic communication between parent and child, such as email, video conferencing, instant messaging and game playing. It allows parents to visit their children and reduce the distance between them. However, it is not meant as the primary form of visitation, only to supplement physical visitation.

Familial bonding is generally enhanced by putting a face to the voice and being able to relate to the voice. It can help children cope with feelings of abandonment and anxiety that accompany a divorce. Parents can read stories at bedtime, help with homework and attend important social events such as musical recitals and sports games.

How to request virtual visitation

Parents can either cooperate with one another and include virtual visitation or can go through a court. However, this form of visitation must happen during reasonable hours and last as long as it is not disruptive to the child’s schedule. Therefore, parents need to communicate their needs to one another to ensure virtual visitation remains in the child’s best interests. If parents cannot cooperate, courts can step in and make orders. However, when courts make such orders it might not always be conducive to everyone’s schedules. One way to ensure one’s voice is heard in court is to have a strong legal advocate by one’s side.