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Don't look down on the benefits of virtual visitation

There is no denying the fact that you want to spend as much time as possible with your children after divorce. This holds true both for the parent who has physical custody, as well as the one who has visitation rights.

Although there is no replacement for personal time, you should learn more about the benefits of virtual visitation. This is a great way to supplement face-to-face visits with your children.

Virtual visitation is exactly what it sounds like. With this, you rely on technology to stay in contact with your child. Some examples include video conferencing, FaceTime and instant messaging.

The primary benefit is the ability to connect with your child in a personal manner, despite the fact that you are not physically in the same place. For many parents and children, this is much better than simply talking on the phone or sending emails.

Some of the many ways to use virtual visitation include:

  • To read a child a story before bed
  • To help a child with their homework
  • To see your child's facial expressions, such as after a major accomplishment
  • To watch an event unfold live

You should never assume that virtual visitation is a replacement for spending quality time with your children. Instead, this is a good way to supplement your actual visits.

If you're interested in virtual visitation, discuss the pros and cons with the other parent. You may both agree that it's worth a try. In the event that your ex-spouse is making visitation difficult on you, review the parenting agreement and learn more about the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.

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