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Virtual visitation: Is it part of your co-parenting plan?

You might be among hundreds of Nebraska parents who encounter significant challenges when it comes to trying to keep your kids away from electronic devices in favor of real world experiences. Perhaps your family has a schedule for such activities or uses incentives, such as completion of homework or chores in exchange for free time online or time to play video games. One reason you may want your kids to have full access to electronics when you finalize your divorce is virtual visitation. 

Especially if you're a non-custodial parent, virtual visits with your children can fill in the gaps for the times you can't be with them in person. Let's say your boss asks you to take a trip that is far away from your kids and you can't bring them with you. Wouldn't you love to have special time set aside so you can check in with them and see their faces, each day? Support resources are available as you attempt to negotiate a fair and satisfactory co-parenting plan that includes virtual visitation. 

Key issues to remember 

Every family's needs and post-divorce custody and visitation goals are unique. The court has children's best interests in mind when making decisions regarding such matters. The following list includes basic facts about face-to-face virtual visits and about how you can incorporate them into your post-divorce lifestyle:

  • There is no set way to carry out a virtual visitation plan; you can customize your plan.  
  • Some states already have regulations on the books regarding virtual visitation; seek information regarding Nebraska law before finalizing any plans. 
  • You can ask the court to order the custodial parent to provide electronic devices in his or her home, so your kids always have a means of getting in touch with you, face-to-face. 
  • Virtual visitation is quite helpful if you're serving on active duty in the military, traveling for work or taking a vacation without your kids.  
  • Especially if you're a non-custodial parent, your children should be able to get in touch with you anywhere at any time. Virtual visitation makes that possible.

What if your former spouse decides to move away with your kids and the five to 10-minute drive you used to have to get to their house turns in to several hours or days' worth of journey? Virtual visitation can be the next best thing to an in-person visit but is not meant as a replacement.  

It takes mere minutes to log on to your device and connect with your kids. It's a great way to share milestone moments with them at school, sporting events or social occasions when you can't be there in person.

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