Virtual visitation is a form of child custody that allows parents to communicate with their children remotely through various electronic means, such as email, video chat, instant messaging, and social media. It can be a valuable option if you live far away from your children, have a busy schedule, or want to stay in touch with them on days you don't have physical custody. The court may grant you the right to virtual visitation and may need to fight for your rights.
The Benefits of Virtual Visitation
Virtual visitation can have many benefits for both parents and children. It can help maintain a strong bond between the non-custodial parent and the child, reduce the feelings of loneliness that may arise from physical separation, and provide opportunities for sharing experiences.
However, virtual visitation is not a substitute for physical visitation. It should supplement the regular in-person contact essential for the child's well-being and development. Virtual visitation should not be used to avoid or interfere with the physical visitation schedule ordered by the court. It should also not be used to monitor or control the other parent's activities or parenting style.
What to Do When the Other Parent Interferes with Virtual Visitation
A family lawyer can help you if your ex-spouse tries to prevent you or your child from participating in virtual visitation. Sometimes, you may need to go to court to enforce or modify your virtual visitation order.
If you need to modify a virtual visitation order for your child, going to court may be necessary. There are several steps you can take to navigate the process.
Review the Virtual Visitation Order
Before going to court, review the virtual visitation order to understand the terms and conditions. This will help you determine what changes are necessary.
File a Motion
You must file a motion with the court to adjust the virtual visitation order. This motion should include a detailed explanation of the changes you request and why they are necessary.
Attend the Court Hearing
After filing the motion, you must attend a court hearing. You can present your case to the judge and explain why the modification is necessary.
Follow the Judge's Orders
The judge will make a decision. You must follow the new virtual visitation order if the modification is granted.
Going to court to modify a virtual visitation order can be a complex process. But with the help of an experienced attorney and a clear understanding of the legal process, you can successfully navigate the system and ensure your child's best interests are protected.
Contact a local family law attorney to learn more about virtual visitation.