More and more parents are turning to “Virtual Visitation” as a way to come to a child custody agreement. Parents must understand that this is not in lieu of traditional visitation, merely a supplement, and is always subject to approval by the court.

“Virtual Visitation” is becoming increasingly popular across the country and in Tennessee because of its convenience. Again, it's not meant to get rid of traditional visitation, only supplement it. "Virtual Visitation" involves phone calls, video chats, texting, emailing and chatting on other apps.

If parents want to utilize “Virtual Visitation”, they will need to agree that this is a valid method to supplement the rest of the schedule. Parents must also make their children readily available for virtual chats with the other parent. There can be no censorship by either parent when this is part of the visitation schedule. Also, parents should take this form of visitation as seriously as traditional visitation and be punctual and reliable.

“Virtual Visitation” is a great way for parents who work night shifts, travel a lot for work, are in school or who don't live near their children to spend time with them as often as possible. It's great to help the parents bond with their children even though they cannot spend time with them in person.

These are just a few examples of how parents are using this form of visitation, or “seeing” a child after school to discuss their day via video chat or reading them a nightly bedtime story.

When it comes to maximizing time with your children, our office will assist you in creating a schedule with methods that you may not have considered. We believe that any time spent with your child is priceless.

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