Virtual visitation, which is an arrangement wherein parents use digital technology to communicate with their children, has become increasingly common as co-parents leverage every resource at their disposal to co-parent effectively in the digital age. If you have not yet integrated virtual visitation terms into your parenting plan, there are numerous reasons why you may want to consider doing so.
While this approach to parenting time can be particularly beneficial in situations where parents live far apart, or when circumstances such as work schedules or health issues make physical parenting time challenging, any set of co-parents and children can potentially benefit from this arrangement.
Keeping – meaningfully – in touch
One of the most significant benefits of virtual visitation is that it allows for regular and consistent communication between you, your co-parent and your child. Even when physical parenting time is not possible, video calls, instant messaging and emails can help maintain a strong emotional bond. This consistency is crucial for your child’s emotional stability and sense of security.
Virtual visitation offers flexibility that traditional co-parenting methods may not. You can say a quick virtual “goodnight” before bed or be a part of your child’s special moments like birthday celebrations or school recitals, even if you’re miles away. This flexibility ensures that you remain an integral part of your child’s daily life.
Virtual visitation also allows you to regularly observe your child’s living conditions and general well-being. This can be particularly reassuring if you have concerns about their care and environment.
You and your co-parent can structure virtual visitation arrangements in whatever ways work for your family and serve your child’s best interests. With this said, if you have questions – or your co-parent is not amenable to integrating terms into your co-parenting plan – you can also seek legal guidance about your situation at any time as well.