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Want more time together? Consider virtual parenting

As technology advances, it's becoming easier to stay in touch than ever before. This can be a huge benefit for parents who have to share custody of their children. Instead of relying on letters or simple phone calls, they can now participate actively in their children's lives through video calls and video games. They can interact through digital media, like with quick text messages of voice messages.

Some people worry that the option of having virtual visitation makes it more likely that parents will infringe on the other parent's visitation time. That's not true. Why? Virtual visitation times are set up in the same way as general visitation schedules.

For example, you may have virtual visitation on Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. You might also opt to visit digitally before bed on school nights, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to help with homework or story time.

These are a few examples of when virtual visitation can work well. Each parent has an opportunity to work virtual visitation into the parenting schedule so that it is at a time when it's appropriate for everyone. Young children may still have to have the other parent set up the call, so being able to do that requires at least one adult to be present and understand the process.

If you live far from your child or would like to spend more time together, virtual visitation can be a good choice. Our site has more information on divorce, child custody and visitation schedules, so you know what to expect following your divorce.

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