Child custody cases do not always go according to what both parents prefer. One parent may have limited visitation, no custody or may be unable to see the child as often as he or she may or wishes to. In some cases, this may occur if a parent works out of state or if a parent has a criminal record and cannot see his or her child for more than supervised visits. There are many reasons why visitation can turn into a complexity. Virtual visitation helps to remedy some of that complexity.
While there are no laws in New Jersey that say that a parent must have electronic visitation, this is becoming a precedent in other states. In New Jersey, there is already a foundation for ordering electronic visitation. FindLaw suggests that virtual visitation is to supplement traditional parent time.
The visits should be reasonably available and in ideal cases should allow uncensored communication between parent and child. In states where there are laws on the books, the laws encourage these visits. Very Well Family explains how when a parent does not have custody of his or her children, then there are often generous visitation rights. Courts encourage both parents being a part of a child’s life in as many ways as possible.
If a court denies a parent visitation, there are alternative routes for that parent to follow. Supervised visitation is the most common. This involves a third party that supervises any visitation between parent and child. Virtual visitation, on the other hand, allows a parent and child to speak through telephone, Skype or any other video service.