How is “virtual visitation” useful?

| Oct 3, 2018 | Firm News

Supervised visitation refers to the various ways that parents visit with their children via voice, text, video and the internet. Although many parents enjoy visiting with their children virtually like this, not all parents have included a virtual visitation requirement within their parenting plans. However, it might be a good idea to do so, particularly for parents who live a long distance from their children.

Generally, a noncustodial parent who lives a long way from their children will be the one who makes the request for virtual visitation. These visits provide parents and children with a valuable means of connecting and staying in touch even if the parent is living far away.

How parents and kids are using virtual visitation

In the modern era of internet-connected smartphones, tablets and computers, virtual visitation is easier than ever and parents and children are often discovering new and creative ways to make the most of this technology. Here are some of the most important ways virtual visitation is benefiting parent-child relationships:

  • Parents can video chat with young children in order to read them bedtime stories.
  • Parents can help children do their special projects and homework via the telephone.
  • Video conferencing lets parents and children see one another’s facial expressions which helps deepen the emotional connection involved with their visits.
  • Parents who live far away don’t have to miss out on experiencing important events like a child’s missing tooth, an award received by the child and other exciting accomplishments.
  • Parents of older children may be able to connect with them via social media to see what they’re up to on a day-to-day basis.
  • With high-speed mobile internet, parents can even attend their children’s sporting events, musical performances and dance performances live.

Are you able to have virtual visits with your children?

If the other parent of your children is not currently supporting you to enjoy virtual visits with your kids, you might want to seek a court order to establish this right. In some cases, legal strategies may exist to pursue regularly scheduled virtual visitation dates with your kids.