A new child custody law may affect how parents from Missouri relate to their children. Also known as ‘Internet visitation” or ‘electronic visitation,” virtual visitation is now becoming a common legal term in which a parent might request to keep in contact with their child through the use of modern technology. In many cases, a non-custodial parent may wish to apply the terms of virtual visitation to a child custody order in court. The modification might be necessary in situations where a custodial parent is moving with the child to another state.
Lawmakers are beginning to take a closer look at virtual visitation laws since the phenomenon is becoming more popular. Several states have already implemented related laws into their court systems, and many others are considering the matter. Whether the state already supports this new method of child visitation or not, it could still be an option for non-custodial parents because courts usually favor any means necessary in which a parent maintains a relationship with a child.
Whenever a non-custodial parent requests a post-divorce modification to include virtual visitation rights, the agreement should not replace in-person visitation. The custodial parent must also agree to provide uncensored conversation to the non-custodial parent and encourage visitation times.
In many cases, a court will most likely not agree to virtual visitation with the child if traditional visitation would not have been granted to the parent making the request. Modifying a divorce agreement to include virtual visitation might be a complex process without outside help. An individual might hire an attorney to assist with ensuring their legal rights and the rights of their child are both protected in the visitation agreements.