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What is virtual visitation, you ask?

Illinois parents who divorce face many challenging issues concerning their children. First of all, decisions about very basic matters, such as where children will live after a divorce is finalized, must be made. If parents agree on such matters, the court need merely approve their plan to move forward in life. However, if disagreements regarding visitation, custody or support arise, outside intervention may be needed to rectify a particular problem.

Nowadays, many parents get creative to find ways to compromise and encourage healthy, ongoing relationships with their children. However, when communication breakdown has occurred, arguments often arise over seemingly minor matters. Take virtual visitation, for example.

This is becoming more and more common, and some people even include instructions regarding such activity in their divorce decrees. Virtual visitation uses modern technology, such as Skype or FaceTime, for non-in-person visits between a parent and a child or children. Perhaps a parent travels a lot for work or lives in a state different from his or her child.

Downloading these programs and using them to facilitate frequent parent/child visits can be a great asset to a post-divorce parenting plan. There have been problems in some situations, however, where one parent tries to control the virtual visiting of the other, perhaps even forbidding a child to chat with a parent online. This is often where the court must step in to hand down a formal ruling. McCarthy & Allen can advise any concerned parent in Illinois as to how best to proceed to resolve issues pertaining to virtual visitation or other child-related matters.

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