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The benefits of virtual visitation for co-parenting families

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Child Custody |

It’s not hard to see that many kids and adults today may be a little TOO connected. After all, it’s difficult to go anywhere without seeing people glued to their phones, tablets and laptops instead of taking in the world around them. With that said, there are some undeniable benefits to today’s interconnected world, including virtual visitation.

Virtual visitation serves as a valuable resource for many co-parenting and parallel parenting families. It is an arrangement that seeks to facilitate relationships between parents and their children when physical presence is challenged by distance. This form of visitation primarily or exclusively utilizes electronic communication technologies such as video calls, instant messaging and social media to maintain and enhance the parent-child bond.

Enhanced communication

Virtual visitation facilitates frequent and consistent communication between parents and children, better ensuring that distance does not impede the regular interactions crucial for a healthy relationship. This form of communication allows for daily or other regular check-ins, sharing of important moments and participation in significant events such as birthdays, recitals and more. Such interactions are invaluable for maintaining a strong emotional connection and ensuring that both parents remain involved in their child’s life.

Focuses on the child

Importantly, virtual visitation is child-centric, focusing on the needs and well-being of the child. It allows children to feel close to both parents, which can potentially be important for their emotional security and development. By working to ensure that children have regular access to both parents, virtual visitation supports their psychological well-being, helping them adjust more effectively to their “non-traditional” family dynamics.

If you co-parent with your ex and you don’t have a virtual visitation arrangement in place, don’t hesitate to explore your options. You may find that it benefits you, your ex and your children alike.