Virtual visitation can help military members with child custody

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Last week, we discussed some of the unique challenges that military families face. For military members who have children, staying in contact with those children can be difficult. If the service member is overseas, for example, it isn’t really feasible to jump on an airplane every other weekend to see his or her child. There is one option for some parents that might interest our Florida readers — virtual visitation.

Virtual visitation is a way for parents who live far away from the child, such as military parents, to still interact with the child. The interaction is done via video messaging, chats and email instead of in person. It can also mean photo-sharing. This is a way that the child can still build a meaningful relationship with the parent without the parent or the child having to spend hours commuting for visits that might be short.

In the case of someone who is in the military, it might be possible for the parent to get the virtual visitation order done through the court so the other parent has to make it possible for the child to participate in the visits. For young children, this mean the custodial parent has to help the child to log on to video chats. It could mean the military parent gets to read bedtime stories or something similar.

Florida is one of the states that does have virtual visitation laws enacted. Members of the military should work with someone familiar with virtual visitation laws if they are interested in building a relationship with their children using that method.

Source: FindLaw, “Virtual Visitation” accessed Jan. 16, 2015