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When visitation is a struggle, you could use virtual means

Sometimes, being there for your kids is hard. You might have a business trip or live far away. Even if you have physical custody every other week or every few days, the time between could seem like it lasts forever.

Having limited visitation time with your children may be a struggle, but the good news is that technology has created an excellent option for parents to gain more visitation time without needing to be physically present. With virtual visitation, you may be able to speak with your children, see them and interact with them all without leaving your home or job.

Who uses virtual visitation?

Many people use virtual visitation as a way to gain extra time with their children. Virtual visitation includes all kinds of interactions, such as:

  • Phone calls
  • Video calls
  • Chatting online
  • Text messaging
  • Gaming together
  • Using video conferencing software

With these options, you can spend more time interacting and speaking to your child, no matter what their age is or what they’re doing. Some parents use video to watch school events. Others use it to help with homework. The benefit is that the child children remain in the custodial parent’s home, but they still get at least a few minutes to talk to the other parent. This helps form stronger bonds and helps children see that their other parent is still thinking of them when they’re apart.

Virtual visitation could be helpful for your children, too. Our website has more on custody and the factors to consider when you’re setting up a child custody and visitation schedule.