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Crafting a workable virtual visitation agreement

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Child Custody

Crafting a workable virtual visitation agreement can make the process of co-parenting far more manageable. Virtual visitation—utilizing digital communication tools like video chat, instant messaging, story time apps and email—allows co-parents to facilitate a meaningful and truly connected relationship with their children whenever their ex is enjoying a period of parenting time.

As children grow and their needs change, these agreements may need to be adjusted to remain effective. As such, it’s important to keep in mind that children’s schedules, needs and interests change as they grow when crafting the terms of a virtual visitation agreement.

Flexibility in tandem with clear expectations

What works for a young child in elementary school might not suit a teenager deeply involved in extracurricular activities or part-time work. A well-crafted virtual visitation agreement should include provisions for periodic review and adjustment to accommodate a child’s developing schedule and changing needs. This might mean altering the days and times that virtual visits occur or adjusting the duration and nature of the interactions.

Similarly, a flexible visitation agreement should allow for different types of communication as technology advances and as the child’s communication preferences evolve. This can help to ensure that parents remain connected in ways that are engaging and appropriate for the child’s age and technological comfort.

With all of this said on the subject of flexibility, clarity is key in any legal agreement. Clearly outlining expectations, rights and obligations related to virtual visitation can help to prevent misunderstandings and disputes. It’s also important to specify how the parents will handle technical issues or missed appointments, providing guidelines for rescheduling missed calls to maintain consistency in communication.

A thoughtfully crafted virtual visitation agreement can lay the foundation for a setup that reflects a child’s best interests and is truly “workable” for all whom it affects.