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Child custody is still possible when you are away for work

The rich cultural atmosphere in Louisiana is trumped only by the spirit of fun and hard work. Many workers in Louisiana have to leave home for work. Tug boat operators, oil rig workers, National Guardsman and others aren't always able to stick close to their home address.

While this lifestyle is certainly one that works for many people here, there are some instances in which dealing with these stints away from home will be challenging. One of these times is when you have a child and a child custody order.

Child custody arrangements can be flexible

Adults who are familiar with many of these jobs that take you away from home know that the schedule can change often. This makes it hard to say that a parent will have a child every other weekend or every couple of weeks. Instead, people who have these sorts of jobs need to have flexible child custody arrangements that let them spend time with their child when they are at home.

The flexibility in these arrangements can be as simple as the parent who works away from home letting the other parent know about the work schedule as soon as it is available. From there, the parents could work together to ensure that the traveling parent has a specific amount of time with the child.

Virtual visitation adds another possibility

When you aren't able to physically be with your child, you might still want to hear your child's voice and see your child's face. You still want to be involved in your child's life. This is where virtual visitation can help you out.

Virtual visitation uses technology, such as video chats and instant messaging, to facilitate a relationship between the parent and child. You might be able to read your toddler a book on video chat or help your high school student with a project through video messaging.

These virtual visits aren't meant to take the place of your physical visits. Instead, they can help you and your child to build and maintain a relationship when you aren't together. You will need to think about your child's needs. This could mean that you have to get up in the middle of the night to visit with your child because of time zone differences.

Another thing to think about if you are planning on using virtual visitation is that you and your child must be able to speak freely. The other parent can't try to censor the child. Be sure that if you want to use virtual visits that you have this included in your child custody order.

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