Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon for a child to have parents who live in different states, let alone different cities. Due partially to geographic distance in many co-parenting scenarios, virtual visitation has become an increasingly popular and important aspect of parenting plans. Yet, virtual visitation can potentially benefit any co-parenting scenario in which parents and kids want to stay more connected when they’re physically apart.
Integrating virtual visitation terms into a parenting plan can help to ensure that both parents maintain a meaningful relationship with their children, regardless of physical distance, demanding schedules or the “simple” challenge of navigating dual-household family circumstances.
Why make this effort?
Virtual visitation refers to the use of technology, such as video calls, social media or texting, to facilitate communication between a parent and child when they can’t be together physically. This can be particularly beneficial in maintaining the bond between the parent who doesn’t have physical placement of their child at any given point in time. The primary advantage of virtual visitation is that it allows regular and consistent contact between parents and children, which is crucial for a child’s emotional well-being.
To effectively integrate virtual visitation into a parenting plan, it’s important to outline specific terms and guidelines. This should include scheduling regular times for virtual visits to ensure consistency and to make them a routine part of the child’s life. The schedule should be flexible enough to accommodate changes in circumstances but structured enough to provide regular interaction. As children grow and circumstances change, the virtual visitation schedule may need to be adjusted. The parenting plan should allow for flexibility and include a process for making modifications as needed.
Incorporating virtual visitation into a parenting plan is a practical approach that acknowledges the challenges of modern life and leverages technology to bridge the physical divide, ensuring that children continue to regularly benefit from the love and support of both parents. It is, for many families, an effort worth making.