In the modern world, we have many more means of communication than previous generations, and it is changing the way that we live every aspect of our lives, from the jobs that we work, to the ways we have fun, and even to the ways that we spend time together. Spending time with someone through a device is now a very real part of how we plan our lives, especially when it comes to sharing parenting responsibilities and privileges.
Many courts now recognize these technological advances and use them as part of building a comprehensive parenting plan and custody arrangement. In these circumstances, courts may refer to spending time with a child through a device like a tablet or computer as virtual visitation.
If you face complicated child custody concerns, be sure to protect your rights with a strong legal strategy, especially if you plan to include virtual visitation. While this form of interaction offers a parent who does not live close to his or her child the opportunity to regularly spend time together, some parents have concerns about how this may negatively affect their overall custody privileges.
In general terms, virtual visitation should never take away from the time that a parent enjoys with his or her child physically. When you agree to use virtual visitation as part of your custody plan, make sure that you do not allow your child’s other parent to substitute virtual visitation for your actual custody time with the child or physical visitation privileges.
Virtual visitation is not an acceptable trade for your physical custody privileges, but should supplement your physical time with the child to help you build a stronger relationship.
Protect your access to your child
In some instances, virtual visitation may work against you, so be sure to remain vigilant about protecting your parenting rights. If, for instance, your child’s other parent wants to move away and take the child along, he or she may argue that virtual visitation reduces the impact of relocation, influencing a court to approve a relocation they might not otherwise allow.
Your rights as a parent may suffer if you do not carefully, directly fight for them. Whether virtual visitation helps strengthen your parenting or threatens to weaken it, you should address this issue with a strong legal strategy. Through the strength of the law, you can fight to keep your priorities secure while you provide the best life you can to the child you love.