As with most things, the way we parent, communicate, and spend time with
our children has changed tremendously over the years. Parenting is much
different in the digital age, and as a result
family law has been forced to adapt and change accordingly. When it comes to views
on whether or not digital communication is considered parenting time,
the law generally takes the stance that – whether in person or through
a computer screen – parenting time is parenting time.
“Virtual visitation,” as it is sometimes called, allows a parent
to contact his or her child via computer, tablet, or some other medium
utilizing such applications as Skype, Facetime, or some other video conferencing
software. This concept is directly applicable to many cases where a noncustodial
parent happens to be out of state or out of the country. In fact, this
technology is utilized often for many military families to great effect.
Why not use it to incorporate parenting time and visitation for divorce cases?
Regardless of distance or other circumstances, parents have the right and
the ability to manage parenting time through digital communication, if
necessary or desired. Much of the time,
custody orders will require that virtual visitation occur during “reasonable”
hours to ensure the best interests of a child.
Certain states actually have specific language within their
divorce statutes allowing virtual visitation – Utah, Wisconsin, Texas, and
North Carolina. This, however, doesn't mean other states without the
language prohibit it, and it certainly doesn't mean a court wouldn't
allow it. Often, courts will approve it as valid visitation between parent
At Moskowitz Law Group, LLC, our New Jersey divorce lawyers can help you
learn more about the option of virtual visitation, custody, and any other
family law matter for which you are looking for assistance. Give our team
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