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Virtual visitation could improve parent-child relationships

When Tennessee custodial parents relocate for a job or a new relationship, it can be difficult for the non-custodial parents to have regular visits with their child. However, "virtual visitation" could potentially allow non-custodial parents additional contact with their child through various forms of technology, including video conferencing, email and instant messaging.

What to do if one parent abuses alcohol or drugs

A Tennessee parent who is going through a divorce might become concerned about the other parent's substance abuse. If this it the case, the parent should bring it up in the custody hearing. The judge will look into the allegations and consider this information in determining which parent should get primary physical custody or whether they will share joint custody. The main concern of the court will be how the substance abuse affects the child.

Virtual visitation issues

With advances in technology, an increasing number of Tennessee divorce courts are issuing virtual visitation orders in addition to traditional child custody and visitation orders. These orders allow noncustodial parents to have regular contact with their children via Facetime, Skype, email and text messaging. In some cases, the virtual contact may lead to problems, and some custodial parents wonder whether or not they can simply block their exes to prevent the communication from continuing.

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