Virtual visitation is an idea to consider

If you have child visitation rights, it's safe to assume that you look forward to the time you get to spend with your children.

However, since your children no longer live with you, it's difficult to spend as much time with them as you would like.

Virtual visitation uses technology to keep in contact with your children. This allows you to communicate with them, even when you're unable to be in the same place.

While virtual visitation is not a replacement for face-to-face visitation, it can supplement it.

Talk it out early on

If you're interested in virtual visitation, bring it to light when creating a parenting agreement and visitation schedule. Let your ex-spouse know that you want to consider this idea, while also sharing your thoughts on how it will benefit all parties.

If you don't include virtual visitation language in your parenting agreement, talk to your ex about adding it. They may agree that it's a good idea, so all you have to do is formalize it.

The types of virtual visitation

One of the biggest benefits of virtual visitation is that there are many different types. These include but are not limited to:

  • Email
  • Text message
  • Instant messaging
  • Video conferencing

For example, video conferencing allows you to see your child when speaking with them. And the convenience of email and text messaging allows you to efficiently stay in touch.

The benefits

The benefits of virtual visitation vary from one situation to the next, but here are some of the ways you can use it to your advantage:

  • Connect with your children when you're unable to be in the same place
  • See facial expressions, as opposed to simply hearing your child's voice
  • Witness live events, such as sports games and recitals

Even though the technology is in place, many non-custodial parents overlook the benefits of virtual visitation.

If you've yet to consider it, learn more about the benefits and how to get on the same page as your ex.

And if your ex is making it difficult to spend time with your children, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights in Florida. You may need to take action to protect your relationship.

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