Texas parents may have heard of something known as virtual visitation. Because this form of visitation has become very popular in the state with increased use of the Internet and smartphone technology, it is provided for in many custody agreements.
Virtual visitation may be in used in cases with unmarried parents or other non-divorce cases. However, it is most common in cases that involve a divorce. In cases of relocation where one of the parents moves out of state, staying in touch online is often an easy solution for all parties involved.
One thing that parents must be aware of is the fact that virtual visitation is subject to many of the same rules as traditional visitation rights, and a parent must usually be otherwise eligible for traditional visitation in order to have virtual visitation. The best interest of the child is the main criteria that courts use to determine these arrangements.
While phone calls have traditionally made up most of the virtual visitation options, many parents rely on the different types of Internet technology, such as social media and video conferencing. Virtual options do not take the place of physical visits, but instead aim to supplement them. Many non-custodial parents who do not live near their children may find that virtual options are a legitimate choice.
Child custody is one of the most sensitive issues when it comes to a divorce or separation between parents. Protecting the relationship with a child is of the utmost importance for most parents. Consulting with an attorney is a good way to ensure that custody and visitation arrangements are handled in a way that is beneficial.