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The emerging use of virtual visitation

Texas parents who have gone through a divorce may have to figure out how to handle virtual visitation issues. Many are unfamiliar with this term, which relates to using technology, such as instant messaging, video conferencing and email, to keep in touch with a child. In many cases, a non-custodial parent may choose to stay in touch with their child using this technology when they relocate. Another common reason for using this technology is when the custodial parent moves out of the area, making it harder for the other parent to see the child. Such arrangements have also become common in cases with unmarried parents that do not live together.

Texas courts have allowed the use of this method of the exercise of parental rights. It is important to understand that these visits are not a substitute for traditional visitation, but instead are intended to supplement the time that the non-custodial parent and child spend together. One of the advantages that technology offers is that there are many platforms that the parent and child may use. The best interest of the child is a factor when a court is making its decision, just as it would be in traditional visitation.

Many parents see the use of virtual visitation as an asset, especially when long distances separate the child and the non-custodial parent. Internet technology gives parents a closer glimpse into their child's life, the opportunity to share special moments and the chance to be available to help with homework.

Visitation is one of the most important things that parents will need to cope with following a divorce. However, virtual visitation options may help make the process easier for both parent and child. Contacting an attorney may be a helpful way of determining if this may be approved by the court.

Toi learn how virtual visitation could work for you, call Sisemore Law Firm, P.C. at 817-336-4444. 

Source: FindLaw, "Virtual Visitation," accessed on Jan. 21, 2015

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