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A more modern version of visitation

When Massachusetts parents are going through a divorce, one of the more difficult aspects that they will be confronted with is the issue of child custody and visitation. This is especially the case when the non-custodial parent will be living a great distance away from the child after the divorce has been completed. An emerging method that has been allowed by courts in several states is virtual visitation through methods such as email, Skype, video conferencing and social networks such as Facebook.

Courts who incorporate this method as part of a custody and visitation order typically require custodial parents to allow these visits, make them reasonably available and permit uncensored communication. These visits are meant to supplement, not replace, traditional visits, and if a parent is not allowed traditional visitations rights by the court for whatever reason, it is unlikely that virtual visitation will be granted.

While there are both positive and negative aspects of virtual visitation, the advantages of allowing parents to visit with their children despite the distance between them may outweigh the disadvantages. By permitting virtual visitations, parents and children can foster relationships in-between traditional visits, and with video technology, absent parents can speak with their children face-to-face and even witness important live events as they are happening. The technology required to carry out virtual visitations is widespread, making it easy for this type of interaction to be carried out.

Although nothing can replace the advantages that come with parents being able to visit their children in person, virtual visitation provides another form of communication that can benefit both the parent and the child. A parent who is interested in pursuing this method of parenting time may wish to speak with a family law attorney in order to determine whether it can be approved by the court.

Source: FindLaw, Virtual Visitation, accessed on Jan. 20, 2015

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