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Virtual visitation helps parents stay in touch

Tennessee non-custodial parents who would like to have more access to their children but whose physical visitation time is limited may consider adding virtual visitation clauses to their parenting plans and court orders. Virtual visitation has become a popular trend in family law matters.

One of the difficulties of child custodyarrangements is allowing the non-custodial parent to have more access to the child. Virtual visitation is time that the parent can spend with the child by the way of technology. Parents can video chat with their children, email, instant message, play apps and perform other tasks with their child so that they can have additional time with them outside of physical visitation. Adding virtual visitation provisions to parenting plans and court orders allows for additional access in an ever-changing technological world.

In states that have implemented laws regarding virtual visitation or where courts that have included such provisions in child custody orders, the typical parent who wants such additions added to the order is the non-custodial parent. If a parent has relocated with a child and interfered with existing visitation rights, having virtual visitation has allowed the non-custodial parent a way to gain back some of the lost time. However, virtual visitation is not meant to replace physical visitation and is instead intended to supplement it. Courts are unlikely to grant virtual visitation rights to a parent to whom they would not have awarded physical visitation. As is usual with decisions regarding children in Tennessee, the question before the court is whether such a provision will serve the best interests of the child.

Parents who would like to learn about current laws regarding virtual visitation or who would like such provisions added to their court order may want to talk to a family law attorney. Legal counsel may assess the case and make recommendations regarding ways to secure access.

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