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Why use virtual visitation?

Virtual visitation is a popular way for parents who cannot live close to their children or see them often to visit with them digitally. Virtual visitation includes techniques such as communicating over a video call or sending text messages. Virtual visitation is intended to help bridge the gap between a parent's life and child's life when they cannot see each other regularly. It isn't intended to take the place of visitation completely.

Virtual visitation is also known as electronic visitation or internet visitation, but it doesn't necessarily take place online. Talking on the phone is also a type of virtual visitation, for example.

There are many benefits to this kind of visitation. The primary benefit is that a child gets more time with the other parent. They may talk and even enjoy time together playing games or interacting in other ways. Video calls allow them to see each other in real time, while other types of connections allow for gaming in real time or being able to leave photo messages.

Virtual visitation has another added benefit of being able to allow parents who are not nearby to witness events in the child's life. Dance recitals, awards ceremonies and birthday parties are all able to be streamed in real time.

Parents and children both benefit from virtual visitation, so long as it is used as a supplement to visitation in person. It's a good way to bridge the gap when there's a distance between you, so that you can still experience your child's life and your child still experiences time with you.

Source: FindLaw, "Virtual Visitation," accessed April 18, 2018

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