Virtual visitation is a unique concept. It allows you to see your child and interact with them through digital means. Virtual visitation, while it may include video calls or chatting online, can also include communication through video games, on the phone or through text message.
Virtual visitation, which may also be known as digital visitation, is a good way to supplement visitation with a noncustodial parent. However, it is not a replacement for visitation time in person. Children still need to see and interact with their parents physically, even if virtual visitation is used when the parent or child cannot travel to see one another.
When can virtual visitation be a benefit in a visitation schedule?
There are lots of situations where virtual visitation can be a benefit. Take, for example, a child who is used to hearing a bedtime story from mom or dad at night. If the parent who normally reads to them doesn’t have custody that night, they could still call on the phone or through a video call to read their child a story. This helps maintain the usual routine, which can be helpful for small children in particular.
Another good reason to use virtual visitation is if one parent travels often. If a parent cannot physically be present, then virtual visitation still allows them to check in on their child and interact with them. They could attend events through a video call or even play video games with their children from across the country.
If you think virtual visitation could be of benefit to your child, your attorney can talk to you more about it and what it involves.