When the focus of a contentious family law court case in North Carolina is on child custody, it can be easy to see why there is so much emotion involved. After all, most parents want what is best for their children, and usually parents believe that spending time with their children is good for their family development. However, not all parents are in a position to spend as much time as they would like with their children under the terms of a child custody arrangement. That is where “virtual” visitation may come into play.
As our readers might guess, “virtual” visitation is a catch-all reference to the use of technology by parents and children to connect when they might not be able to be in the same place together. In general, virtual visitation usually comes up when one parent is awarded primary physical custody. In such a situation, the other parent may want to include virtual visitation rights among the grander scheme of overall visitation rights.
With virtual visitation, parents can connect with their children via email and video conferencing applications, for example. In this manner, parents can still have face-to-face and more frequent conversations with their children. The thinking is that this is likely a better way to foster a deeper connection between the parent and child.
No two child custody plans in North Carolina are the same, although many will likely feature similar concepts. Family law courts, and the families they serve, oftentimes need to get creative to find a suitable approach to any given parent-child relationship. Virtual visitation may be a crucial piece of the puzzle.