In situations in which non-custodial parents live in another city or in another town, it makes much more sense for them to keep frequently touch with their children through the Internet and using other forms of technology. Web cameras, e-mails, web cameras, allow parents and children to connect via virtual media, while e-mails, text messages and instant messaging platforms allow them to frequently keep in touch with each other.
However, for virtual visitation to work, it is important that the other parent cooperate. Visitation is bound to fail if one parent refuses to allow the child to have substantial time on electronic media, with the noncustodial parent. In fact, noncustodial parents frequently complain that the children have only restricted or limited access to them via virtual technology.
Judges may consider that virtual visitation is in the best interest of the child because it allows the child to have frequent contact with the noncustodial parent, in a situation where the noncustodial parent cannot have face-to-face contact with the child.
It is best if both of the parents can agree to a schedule that allows some form of virtual visitation. It is also important that there be conditions imposed on such visitation, so that it doesn’t cause inconvenience to the other parent.
If you have any questions about visitation plans in Indiana, speak to a Merrillville family lawyer. For help with any other child custody-related matters, schedule a consultation with a Merrillville family law lawyer.