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What is virtual visitation?

Readers of this Virginia legal blog may know others or may themselves have the kinds of jobs that they can do from anywhere. Whereas in the past a person had to go to the offices of their employer in order to complete their job tasks, today the interconnectedness of the world allows individuals to work from practically anywhere they want. As long as they have access to the internet and reliable electronic devices, they can respond to emails, chat with co-workers and even teleconference with their bosses whenever it is required.

While it may not seem like technology is as important in the realm of family relations as it is in the world of employment, this notion is undergoing change. For example, one way that parents and children may stay connected after divorce is through special communications known as virtual visitation.

In-person visitation happens when a parent and their child can be in the same physical space to spend time together. This is not always possible, however, and when being physically present is not an option a parent may look for alternatives to share and exchange with their child. Virtual visitation may help and can happen by phone, FaceTime, Skype, text messaging or another communication tool to facilitate the interactions between parents and children.

Virtual visitation may be an option for some families but may not always be the best solution for parents and kids who have the ability to see each other in-person. Readers who are interested in this possible option for their custody, visitation and parenting plan needs may want to reach out to their family law attorneys for more information on the topic.

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