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How virtual visitation can help parents and kids stay connected

These days, parents who don't have primary custody of their children after divorce and even those who live hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away, are able to stay in touch with their kids through "virtual visitation."

This includes texting, emailing and video communication via Skype and other forums as well as phone conversations. Of course, there are multiple venues available online for parents and children to share photos as well.

When virtual visitation, parents can remain part of their children's lives. They can still participate in important parental activities, including:

  • Helping with homework
  • Reading bedtime stories
  • Watching performances and sporting events
  • Seeing a new haircut, outfit, sports uniform or award

Just seeing your child's face when talking to him or her can make all the difference in the world.

If one parent believes that the other will have a damaging effect on a child, even via long-distance communication, that parent has the right to seek to limit virtual visitation. Parents may ask that any visitation, whether in-person or virtual, be supervised. However, if it's simply distance or the custody agreement that's keeping a parent from being part of his or her child's everyday life, virtual visitation can help that parent and child maintain a bond.

Louisiana parents who want to have unlimited virtual visitation with their children but are facing pushback from their co-parent should discuss the issue with their family law attorney. He or she can work to help ensure that parents and children are able to maintain a healthy relationship regardless of what issues the former couple may have.

Source: FindLaw, "Virtual Visitation," accessed Nov. 30, 2017

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