Florida parents who have the chance to live with their children are truly fortunate. There are many parents who don’t have full-time access to their children. Usually, the parent who doesn’t live with his or her child full-time is awarded visitation rights. These rights could allow the parent to spend only a handful of days with his or her child each month. However, what about the other days? Can the parent continue to maintain contact with the child?
In addition to in-person visitation time, family law courts usually give non-custodial parents the right to conduct “virtual” visitations with their children on a regular basis. Generally, this involves the non-custodial parent calling the child on the phone and/or using Skype, FaceTime and other communication methods.
Courts usually further require custodial parents to give their children privacy to have unmonitored virtual communication with the non-custodial parent. Custodial parents are asked to encourage and make it easy for their children to have this kind of contact with the non-custodial parent.
By promoting and allowing virtual visitation between non-custodial parents and their children, parents and their kids stay in touch during times apart. This helps family members maintain the strength of their relationships, even when they don’t see each other on a daily basis.
Our children warm our hearts, bring meaning to our lives and give us the chance to relive the magic of our own childhood. Denying any parent the beautiful experience of time with his or her child is wrong. More importantly, however, it’s damaging to the children who desperately want to spend as much time as possible with both of their parents. If you’re being denied any kind of visitation with your child, you may want to learn more about your legal rights as a non-custodial parent.