After a divorce, a non-custodial parent can face challenges when trying to maintain contact with their children. Ideally, ex-spouses will live within a short traveling distance so it is easy for the non-custodial parent to take advantage of their visitation rights with their children.
Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances dictate that custodial and non-custodial parents live a great distance apart. This can profoundly affect the relationship a geographically removed parent has with their child. Without being able to at least communicate regularly, the parent can feel detached from, or even irrelevant to, their child’s life.
This problem can be at least partially eradicated with what is called “virtual visitation.” This form of visitation utilizes technology to allow parents and children to maintain contact. It can be done through such means as instant messaging, email and video conferencing.
Virtual visitation is not intended as a replacement for actual parent-child time together. Rather, it serves as a supplement. It can allow the non-present parent the opportunity to do such things as help their child with homework or just talk about what is happening in their lives.
Texas is one of several states that have enacted virtual visitation laws. Virtual visitation could be included in a legal child custody agreement. As such, each parent would be required to allow reasonable and uncensored access to the child for interactive purposes.
Of course, this can never be a substitute for in-person interaction, but it can be an attractive option for those who live far away from their young ones.
Visitation is vital for non-custodial parents to remain involved in their children’s lives. Children benefit greatly from receiving love, attention and guidance from both parents.
When seeking favorable visitation rights, a Texas family law attorney may be able to help you craft an agreement that allows you the amount of time you wish to spend with your child.