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Virtual visitation could be coming to a courtroom near you

There is an increasing number of children in Georgia that live with one parent and only see the other parent on holidays or over summer break. This situation is almost never because the parent or child don't want to see each other, but because the parent and child live apart. Across the country, there are approximately 10 million children who only have infrequent or limited in-person contact with one parent.

Divorcing or divorced parents in Marietta don't want to lose contact with their children, but a parent that moves away can't have joint custody of the children. In an increasing number of states there has been an innovative solution to this child custody issue -- virtual visitation.

Virtual visitation describes a parent's ability to stay connected to his or her child's life by using webcams, text messaging, email or social media to participate in the smaller moments of a child's life. Currently, four states guarantee virtual visitation rights to divorcing parents, and, although Georgia doesn't yet have any legislation regulating virtual visitation, it may be coming soon. There are 22 states that currently have virtual visitation bills in the works.

This new method of visitation is not meant to replace face-to-face visitation and noncustodial parents will still be able to see their children on holidays or during summer vacations. The goal of virtual visitation, however, is to help parents develop a relationship with the child in between in-person visits.

Regardless of if you are moving across the street or across the country, if you divorce your child's mother or father, it is extremely important to work with a child custody attorney to protect your rights to your children.

Source: The Washington Times, "Virtual visitation: a sensible child custody option," Myra Fleischer, April 15, 2012

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