Perhaps now more than ever, technology plays a significant role in how most adults – and even many kids – communicate and maintain relationships. In the context of co-parenting, where maintaining a strong bond with children is crucial, technology can be levied to support this goal.
Virtual visitation, which includes video calls, instant messaging and other forms of digital communication, has become increasingly important for many families. Ultimately, if you co-parent a minor child with your ex, incorporating virtual visitation terms into your parenting plan is worth considering for several reasons.
Making the effort, reaping the rewards
While there are some familial situations or dynamics where virtual visitation would be inappropriate, most families can benefit. Virtual visitation allows for frequent and flexible communication between each parent and their child, which is essential for maintaining a strong emotional bond. Virtual interactions can occur anytime and anywhere, providing a sense of closeness and immediacy, even when apart, which is invaluable for a child’s emotional well-being.
Additionally, virtual visitation enables parents to be involved in their children’s daily lives, from helping with homework to reading bedtime stories. This involvement ensures that the parent remains a constant presence, participating in routine activities and special moments alike.
It’s important to note that virtual visitation complements parenting time, it does not replace it. Yet, including virtual visitation in a parenting plan ensures that this form of communication is recognized as a legitimate and valuable addition to the child’s relationship with both parents.
By formalizing virtual visitation in a parenting plan, co-parents can set clear expectations and guidelines, reducing the risk of potential conflicts down the road.