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Virtual visitation laws changing the life of many

When you go through divorce, you may be worried about how much time you will get to spend with your child in the future. This is particularly true if the other parent is granted custody.

While this is a concern, it doesn't mean you are completely shut out of his or her life. Virtual visitation laws, for example, are changing the way that divorced parents communicate with their children.

As the name suggests, this allows you to communicate with your child in a virtual environment, such as a webcam. There is no replacement for face to face communication, but this something to consider.

The primary benefit of virtual visitation is that you can communicate with your child, even when you are unable to be in the same physical location. This allows you to help with homework, have basic conversations, tell bedtime stories, and much more.

On the downside, you may begin to feel that you rely heavily on this form of communication. As a result, you don't get to spend as much one on one time with your child.

Virtual visitation can work in your favor in many ways. The best thing you can do is learn more about laws in your state, and then decide if this is something that could work for you and your child.

You don't have to rely solely on this form of communication. Instead, this can be part of how you communicate, along with more traditional forms such as regularly scheduled face to face visits. Keeping your options open will go a long way in making your life easier.

Source: FindLaw, "Virtual Visitation," accessed Jan. 14, 2016

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