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Closing distances with virtual visitation

It can be hard for a parent to imagine a life where they do not get to hug their child every night before bed. However, for families affected by divorce, custody agreements and orders can force parents to live separately from their kids for days, weeks or even months at a time. If California parents share physical custody of their kids, then they may have to get creative with their schedules to ensure that their children spend sufficient time in the homes of each parent.

Custody and visitation arrangements can be further affected by a parent's need to move. If that parent does not have physical custody of their child, relocation could mean a significant loss in visitation time with their child. A parent may have to choose between being near their child and taking a job that could advance their career simply because of their family situation.

While moving away from loved ones is never easy, a relatively new form of visitation is emerging in courts across the country. This type of visitation takes place through technology like Skype and FaceTime and allows parents and children to connect through electronic means. For example, a parent with these virtual visitation rights may be able to contact their child at bedtime with a FaceTime call so that the can read their child a bedtime story as they fall asleep.

Virtual visitation can be scheduled just like in-person visitation sessions and, when ordered by courts, cannot be interfered with by a child's other parent. Though nothing can take the place of spending quality in-person time with one's own child, virtual visitation gives some parents the opportunity to close the gap between them and their kids thanks to emerging technologies.

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