Is virtual visitation a replacement for physical custody?

| Apr 20, 2020 | Child Custody |

You and your child are like best friends. You do everything together. Unfortunately, because of your divorce, you’re now going to have to get a full-time job. Your options are limited, and the offer that was made to you is in another city. You won’t be able to be with your child as much as you’d hoped, and since you can’t be nearby, they are less likely to be in your primary custody.

You’re not happy about being far from your child for long, but you should know that there are options in cases like yours. One thing you can do to make sure you’re staying in touch during your busy workweeks is seeking time with virtual visitation.

Virtual visitation is not a replacement for physical custody, but it can help you spend some time with your child digitally. For example, some of the things you can do with virtual visitation include:

  • Using a video program to talk to and see one another while apart
  • Signing up for a video game system’s platform and playing games together
  • Sending text messages
  • Calling each other on your mobile phones
  • Communicating through email or digital messaging systems

Of course, while all of these options are great for quick chats or helping with homework from afar, they are not a replacement for real, physical visitation time. Virtual visitation can’t be a replacement for really being there for your child, but if you want to make sure you have more time with them, it’s a good add-on option. Even if it’s only an hour a night, you’ll still make sure your child sees that you are there for them.

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