Virtual visitation and its role in child custody

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2021 | Family Law |

Divorce is difficult on parents and children alike, and spending as much time together as possible is often key to preserving and upholding the best interests of a child. Unfortunately, time and distance sometimes make that difficult. North Carolina parents should not give up on quality time with their children just because there are a few hurdles, though. Instead, they may want to explore their options for virtual visitation. 

What is virtual visitation? 

Virtual visitation involves using technology to maintain contact with a child. It is important to note that virtual visitation is used to supplement in-person parenting time, and should not act as a replacement. This type of visitation typically comes into play when the custodial parent moves out of the same area as the noncustodial parents, or when there are other factors that interfere with regular, in-person visitation. Technology used in virtual visitation varies, and may include: 

  • Video chatting 
  • Texting 
  • Calling 
  • Emailing 

What is included in virtual visitation 

While every child custody agreement is unique and should be tailored to an individual child’s best interests, virtual visitation generally includes three requirements. These are that the custodial parent should permit as well as encourage virtual visits, making the visits reasonably available and permit uncensored communication between the child and his or her other parent. Noncustodial parents can use virtual visitation to: 

  • Read a bedtime story 
  • Help with homework 
  • Participate in important milestones, like losing a tooth 
  • Watch sporting events or music recitals live 

Preserving a child’s relationships with both of his or her parents after divorce is essential. When distance, time or other factors make that difficult, virtual visitation can be a great supplement. Understanding what role virtual visitation plays in North Carolina family law can be helpful for parents who are unsure of where to start, and working closely with an experienced attorney is one method for doing so.