Living near one’s child after divorce might feel like the ideal situation, but life is not always straightforward. Sometimes one parent has to move away for work or to become a caregiver for a loved one.
While these types of moves are often necessary and even unavoidable, they can also negatively impact children’s relationships with their noncustodial parents. Virtual visitation is intended to minimize that impact while fostering a continued parent-child relationship.
What is virtual visitation?
Virtual visitation is the use of technology to stay connected to one’s child when in-person visitation is not possible. Florida state law even allows courts to order virtual visitation when dealing with child custody matters. However, it is not a replacement for in-person visitations and should only be used to supplement those visits.
In general, virtual visitation requires parents to allow and encourage visits via technology, make those visits reasonably available and not censor any communication. This means that a child might be able to regularly text his or her noncustodial parent without interference.
Video chatting, calling and engaging on social media websites like Snapchat and Facebook are other common methods of communication for parents and children who are separated by large distances.
Spending time with one’s child is essential for everyone involved. Virtual visitation allows parents who cannot be physically present to still remain actively involved in their children’s lives.
Unfortunately, some parents who have primary custody are reluctant to provide regular access and may even refuse to do so. This is why it can be important to meet with an attorney to help you better understand Florida state law and the rights that it grants to parents.