Virtual Visitation an Option for Parents with Custody Concerns?

Most parents want to play an active role in the lives of their children. Seeing the first steps and hearing the child's first words are major life events. But not every family stays together. Some families divide, whether it is through a divorce or simply through the ending of a relationship.

Despite the fact that these family situations are changing, many parents want to stay involved in the lives of their children. Child custody can be an extremely challenging issue for parents to resolve.

With an economy struggling to rebound, many parents need to leave Arizona to find work elsewhere. With one parent living in a different state, parents often are faced with questions on how to make a custody agreement work for everyone, especially the children.

To help address these concerns, many states have begun to allow virtual visitation. Most computers or mobile phones being used have webcams. These improvements in technology have made it easier for parents to spend time with their children even when they are in two different locations. Parents may "Skype" or use other streaming video systems to have real-time communications with their children.

Supporters point to virtual visitation as an easy way for a parent to keep up regular contact with his or her children while awaiting the next in-person visit. Regular face-to-face visitation will still occur according to the court's orders. The parent with legal custody will still be able to make the major decisions for the child.

Critics of virtual visitation feel that this is a way for one parent to entice the court into giving permission to leave the state. Courts must still consider whether or not this is in the child's best interests, and may decide not to grant permission for relocation.

If you have questions about a child custody issue, speaking to an experienced family law attorney in your area to understand the options that may be available to you. Each family situation is different, and the court will carefully consider a child's best options before making a decision on a parenting time plan.

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