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Child custody and virtual visitation: Tips to make it work

Your divorce has been tough, but your goal is to see your kids as much as possible. With work as busy as it is, it was difficult to find a schedule that would give you as much time as you wanted. Their other parent doesn’t work often, so it just makes sense that they’re with them the majority of the time. Now, you’re looking into alternatives, so you can still participate in their lives but also be able to handle your own work responsibilities.

When you originally looked at a schedule you could do, you only had a couple days a week where you could see your children for a few hours at a time. It isn’t enough. So, what can you do?

One option is to encourage virtual visitation in your case. Virtual visitation won’t replace your physical visitation time with your children, but it will help you see them more often. With virtual visitation, you can call, text, chat and otherwise interact with your children, even when you can’t be there in person.

What methods of virtual visitation are there?

There are multiple methods of virtual visitation that you may want to suggest if you would like more time with your children. Some of the best methods include:

  • Texting
  • Calling
  • Video calls
  • Chat rooms
  • Video game chats and in-game messaging
  • Email

Technology is amazing, and it’s giving noncustodial parents many new options. For example, if there is a dance recital for your daughter that you can’t get to due to distance, you could have someone else go to it, call you through a video service and have you watch through a video conference call. Then, you can say that you did watch in real time and can even speak to your child when they’re done.

Similarly, if your child needs help with homework or wants to play a game with you, you can use digital means to make it happen. Some programs, like Zoom, even give you a virtual whiteboard or the ability to share your screen to help with difficult homework assignments.

Children want to know that their parents will be there for them. With virtual visitation, you’re getting one more way to connect, even though it may not be your preferred method. Virtual visitation won’t replace normal physical visitation time, but it can be an excellent way to fill in the gaps when you want to see your children more.