Virtual visitation is possible child custody matters

North Carolina is one of the first states in the country that have passed statutes giving courts the freedom to use virtual visitation when settling child custody issues. Several other state governments are looking at electronic communication tools as an option for parent-and-child visits, and they are considering laws to facilitate virtual visitations.

Family courts in states that have not yet enacted any laws on this subject are ruling in favor of electronic communication as well. The general requirements for virtual visitations mandate that both parents consent to electronic visits and make reasonable provisions to see that the visits occur. It is also important for parents and children to be permitted unobstructed communication.

In this age of constant technological advances, there is some concern that electronically communicating with children may take the place of physical visits. The non-custodial parent is typically the parent requesting virtual visitations because, for example, their child may live in another area of the country making actual visits more difficult. Tools such as video conferencing and social media sites may allow parents and children to communicate more regularly. However, court systems throughout the country will most likely consider the best interests of the child when making decisions regarding virtual visitation arrangements.

A divorce lawyer who keeps up-to-date on state child custody laws may help families who are involved in custody disputes. It may be possible to take old custody cases back into court for modifications if a change in circumstances occur, and new child custody plans may include stipulations regarding electronic communication between parents and children.