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In the modern era of digital communication, single parents have an unlimited number of options for spending time with their children over the digital airways. Whether it’s by telephone, Skype, email, social media or some other method, visiting with your children like this is commonly referred to as “virtual visitation,” “internet visitation,” or “electronic visitation.” These days, family law courts across the United States — including Florida — are beginning to recognize a parent’s right to virtual visitation with his or her children when the parent cannot otherwise be present in person.

Florida law actually includes provisions that give courts the ability to order virtual visitation terms in child custody cases. As such, parents who are negotiating their divorces out of court may want to include a provision pertaining to virtual visitation in their parenting agreements.

In most cases, a virtual visitation provision serves as a supplement to — rather than a replacement of — traditional face-to-face parenting time. Virtual visitation laws usually require parents to

— Encourage and allow electronic visitation between the other parent and the child

— Make children reasonably available to the other parent electronically

— Allow children and the other parent to maintain uncensored communication.

Plantation, Florida, parents who are not geographically close to their children — and who are having trouble getting in touch with their children electronically or via the telephone — may want to try and assert their virtual visitation rights in court. With the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, parents may be able to secure their ability to be in reasonable contact with their children via the internet and telephone.

Source: FindLaw, “Virtual visitation,” accessed Dec. 09, 2016