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The benefits and drawbacks of virtual visitation

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2019 | Child Custody

One of the most popular new methods of communicating with children in a child custody arrangement is the method known as virtual visitation. This is when either of the non-custodial parents uses technology to speak to or spend time with their children when they cannot be physically present. The courts don’t want this method to become a replacement for physical interactions. Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of virtual visitation in today’s post.

One of the biggest benefits of virtual visitation is that it makes the children readily available for communication even when the parent is not in the same town or state. Parents will be able to accomplish any of the following when virtual visitation is permitted by the court to be added to the child custody agreement:

  • See a missing tooth
  • Watch a sporting event, recital, concert or play
  • Help the child with their homework
  • Aid in the construction of a project
  • Take part in the nightly routine for bedtime
  • Read a story or sing a song
  • Talk about their day at school or at camp

Even though there are a lot of benefits to using virtual visitation, there are also some drawbacks that cannot be ignored. The most common drawbacks include the following:

  • Replaces physical visitation
  • Replaces physical interaction
  • Convinces judges that parents want to move away

Virtual visitation has quickly become a popular option for parents involved in negotiating custody agreements throughout Florida. It works best for parents who cannot be with their children physically due to work restrictions, military orders or because they live far away from each other.