Virtual Visitation For Divorced Parents

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(Best Syndication News) Illinois joined six other states this week passing a law that includes language for “virtual visitation” rights. Noncustodial parents have a right to ask for virtual visitation either along with regular visitation or in lieu of in-person visitation.

The visitations can take place via telephone, email, instant messaging (IM) or video conferencing. With more people hooked-up to high-speed internet connections, video is becoming more popular. The judge may set specific times for parents and children to connect virtually.

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A report in the Chicago Tribune cites the case of Greg Baddick who helped his 9-year-old daughter with spelling using video conferencing. Baddick says it is not as good as in-person visits, but it gives parents an extra opportunity to see their children.

Illinois State Senator Pamela J. Althoff, R-McHenry, believes this is a great opportunity for parents and children. "We really want parents to be invested in the daily lives of children and this gives them another venue." Althoff supported the bill in Illinois.

Divorce Attorney Jeffrey Living explained it to Jeremy Hubbard with ABC News. “There are many many children in America that are father-absent that will benefit from this law.”

It is a double-edged sword. Some fear these laws will bar parents from in home visits in lieu of virtual visits. Meyer, associate dean at the University of Illinois College of Law says "There's been some who have been wary of these laws either on the grounds that they will provide an excuse to bar in-person visitation or that they will be used to promote contact where it would not be good for children."

By: Mark Williams

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