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When in-person visitation with your child isn’t possible, consider a virtual visit

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2020 | Family Law

While most parents want to spend as much time with their kids as possible, there are instances in which in-person visits just are not possible. Sometimes a parent or child moves out of town. Other times, someone may be sick. All kinds of things can interfere with even the best-laid plans.

Improvements in technology mean that parents now have several options to stay in contact with their kids. Virtual visits are a way that you can bridge the gap between in-person visits so that you can continue to build and strengthen the relationship with your children.

What is a virtual visit?

A virtual visit is one that takes place via the internet. They can occur via a video chat or similar method. Parents and children often prefer these over phone calls because the video option allows them to see each other. There are several ways that you can use these visits, so you’ll have to find out what works for you and the children. 

The possibilities for these visits are nearly endless. You can use them to read a child a story or watch a movie together. You could even help with homework or watch a child’s play over a video call. Creativity will help you to find ways that really bring you and the kids together on these visits. 

Can you including virtual visits in the parenting plan?

Because virtual visits are still relatively new, you should ensure that your parenting plan addresses them. This can include that they must occur on a regular basis at a time that’s convenient for the child and that they should be uncensored, just as an in-person visit would be. The more detailed the guidelines in the parenting plan, the less of a chance there’ll be issues with the visits in the future.