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Should you request virtual visitation?

On Behalf of | May 21, 2023 | Child Custody

A divorce involving children can be complex as it involves additional aspects. And one of them is how the non-custodial parent will see the kids. The court will usually grant them visitation rights to help them maintain a healthy relationship with the kids. 

Different types of visits exist, including virtual ones. So, when should you request the court to allow you to use technology to stay in touch with your kids?

This guide discusses two situations that may call for this.

Your work involves traveling

If your job involves traveling, it will help to request that the court grant you virtual visitation rights. This will allow you to see and talk to your kids using phone and video calls on chosen days at designated times.

If this is the job you had during the marriage, the chances are you were already doing this. However, if it’s a new job – you got it after the divorce, you may need to prepare your kids.

You live at a distance  

If you moved to a different neighborhood or farther, you may request virtual visitation rights since your kids may be unable to visit often. Some divorced parents choose to live in the same area to make work more manageable. However, if you had to relocate far away, possibly for work purposes, virtual visits could be your best option.

Virtual visits should not replace physical ones

Virtual visitation is vital in certain situations, such as the ones discussed above, but they should not replace physical ones. Your kids should still visit your home when possible and spend time with you.

Staying in touch with your kids via gadgets allows you to spend time with them when you can’t see them physically. It will help to get legal guidance to protect your parental rights.