If you don't have physical custody of your children, there's a good chance you have visitation rights.
While face-to-face visits are extremely important to maintaining a healthy relationship with your children, there may be a few challenges standing in your way. For example, if you travel a lot for business, it may be difficult to carve out time in your schedule to spend time with your children.
There's no replacement for physical contact, but the popularity of virtual visitation is on the rise. When combined with face-to-face visits, this is a great way to remain in constant contact with your children.
Virtual visitation relies on some form of technology to connect with and stay in touch with your children. This includes but is not limited to video conferencing, email, text messaging and instant messaging.
If you're interested in adding some form of virtual visitation to your parenting agreement, it's critical to do so during negotiations with the other parent. You can also look into adding this after your divorce is finalized, if necessary.
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits of virtual visitation, with the ability to more regularly connect with your children at the top of the list. Other benefits include:
- Additional ways for your children to contact you
- Opportunity to see facial expressions, instead of just hearing voices
- Chance to help with homework or read a bedtime story
- Opportunity to witness an important event, such as graduation or a recital, live
On the flip side, electronic communication is less personal than physically visiting with your children. It's critical that you don't replace face-to-face visits with technology, as this can take a toll on you, your ex and your children.
If you've yet to consider the benefits of virtual visitation, discuss your feelings with your ex-spouse. This gives you the opportunity to get on the same page, thus making a final decision as to whether it makes sense.
Even though you don't have physical custody of your children, you still have visitation rights. If your ex is making it difficult to visit with your children, it's time to learn more about your legal rights.
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