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Florida law and virtual visitation

In the digital era, we have a lot of ways to visit one another. We can do it in person, but we can also visit each other on the cellphone, via Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and numerous other internet-based applications. In fact, due to the prevalence of digital communication, the state of Florida has enacted laws that provide "internet visitation" rights to parents when their children are staying with or visiting the other parent.

Virtual visitation like this may not be ordered in all child visitation cases. However, parents are within their rights to request such an order, and judges can order virtual visitation as they see fit depending on the circumstances.

There are three primary goals behind virtual visitation laws. Those include the encouragement of virtual visits between children and parents when they can't be together, the need to make virtual visits easily available and the allowance of uncensored visits between the child and his or her parent.

Virtual visitation issues are no different from other types of child visitation decisions. In this respect, Florida family law courts will make their determinations based on the best interest of the children involved. Furthermore, it should be noted that in cases where in-person visitation is not granted, it's highly likely that virtual visitation will not be granted either.

Florida parents who feel that they have been denied their virtual visitation rights -- or parents who believe that they should be granted virtual visitation given their circumstances -- can get assistance from a family law attorney. An attorney can review the facts of your virtual visitation disagreement to determine what can be done to protect you and your child's rights to virtually visit one another.

Source: FindLaw, "Virtual visitation," accessed April 07, 2017

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