As a parent, you always want to be there for your child. Your career, though, is one that can take you away from home for weeks at a time. You and your ex-spouse have a standard custody plan that comes into play when you have to be away, but you always feel that you’re missing out on the time that you wish you had with your child.
One option that you may want to look into is virtual visitation. Virtual visitation isn’t intended to replace in-person custody time, but it is helpful in cases where you are unable to be present.
With virtual visitation, you set up times to talk to your child in one of several ways, such as by:
- Chatting on a messenger service
- Playing online games together
- Using video calls to communicate
Virtual visitation includes any kind of communication you could use to communicate when you can’t be physically present with your child.
How does virtual visitation keep parents connected to their children?
Virtual visitation helps because it links children to their parents regardless of where they are. For example, your child might send you a text for help with a question on one of their school assignments. You might call through a video service to watch them perform at a dance recital or sports competition.
After school, you and your child may get onto your favorite virtual game and play together while chatting on your gaming headsets. You might even call over a video call at night, so you can tell them a bedtime story.
The nice thing about virtual visitation is that it gives you more flexibility in maintaining contact. However, it is important for you and your child’s other parent to come up with times when contact is reasonable. For example, you might call the other parent at any time but only reach out to your child after school to help maintain their routine.
These are some things to think about if you’ve considered virtual visitation. Virtual visitation can be a great additive to your custody schedule while you’re away from home.