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What is virtual visitation?

On Behalf of | Aug 1, 2019 | Child Custody

It can be difficult for non-custodial parents to grow accustomed to a visitation order after a divorce. They might not see their children as often as they used to. And this can place a strain on the parent-child relationship. 

However, the growing popularity of virtual visitation is an easy and convenient way for non-custodial parents to maintain contact with their children in addition to the regular visitation schedule

Virtual visitation is a growing trend

Virtual visitation allows parents and children to use technology to stay in contact. For example, parents can enjoy virtual visitation with their children through:

  • Phone calls;
  • Video calling apps;
  • Email or text messaging;
  • Or even video games.

It allows parents and children to stay in touch, even if they cannot see each other as often. This is especially helpful if the custodial parent relocated with the children. 

It is important to note that virtual visitation should not replace face-to-face visitation and parenting time. The goal of virtual visitation is to complement in-person visitation. 

Does Virginia recognize virtual visitation? 

Virginia visitation laws do not yet include provisions for virtual visitation. However, family courts will often add virtual visitation to a custody court order if the non-custodial parent petitions the court to add it.

Remember: The child’s best interests are still a significant factor

Virtual visitation might make it easier for non-custodial parents to keep in touch with their children. However, it is critical for parents to remember that the child’s best interests still come first. If family courts believe it is in the child’s best interest to have more contact with the non-custodial parent, then they will likely award virtual visitation rights.

Protecting parental rights can be a challenge. But the experienced family law attorneys at Bowen Ten Long & Bal, PC, know how to help guide parents through divorce and any post-divorce challenges they might face.