Negotiating some virtual visitation into your custody agreement

Even if your marital relationship doesn't last, your relationship with your children should. You and the other parent may both understand that fighting over custody in court probably wouldn't help anyone as far as planning for the future and making a smooth transition into a new life.

In the interests of making the process less stressful for everyone, you agreed to work on a custody agreement outside of the courtroom in order to reduce the tension and find a way that you can work together for the best interests of your children. You can think outside the box as far as figuring out what arrangements would work best for your family.

Might that include some virtual visitation?

In the technological age, you probably don't need too much of an explanation regarding what virtual visitation involves. FaceTime, Skype and other modern methods of communication provide parents with new ways to keep in touch with their children. However, negotiating virtual visitation into a parenting plan may require some finesse.

Each parent deserves to have uninterrupted time with the children, but what about the other parent? Missouri is one of those states that likes to get parents as close to an equal split of time as possible. Including some virtual visitation could help meet that goal, especially when splitting the time with the children 50/50 isn't very practical. As long as one parent doesn't use this form of visitation as a replacement for in-person visits, the court may approve the plan.

How could you use virtual visitation?

You could just take a few minutes to talk to your children each day, but you could also agree with the other parent to virtually do the following:

  • Help with homework
  • Read a bedtime story
  • See awards, missing teeth or other accomplishments of your children
  • Watch sporting events, recitals or other events live
  • See the faces of your children
  • Connect on social media in order to talk every day

As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to virtual visitation. The only thing that you would need to be cognizant and respectful of is the other parent's physical time with the children. You would also need to reciprocate and allow the other parent virtual visitation when the children are with you. Once you work out an agreement, you could present it to the court for approval. As long as your arrangements reflect the best interests of your children, the court may sign off on your plan.

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