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Is Virtual Parenting Time Possible in an Illinois Divorce?

Posted on in Child Custody

Kane County family law attorneysOne of the main reasons a couple procrastinates filing for divorce is because they are worried about the effect it will have on their children. The thought of sharing time with their kids can be troubling to any parent. Depending on the circumstances, one parent may be allocated the majority of the parental responsibilities. The other parent is typically awarded parenting time (visitation). A parenting plan outlines the details, such as a schedule of when the children are with each parent. This is a legal document that is enforceable once the divorce is finalized.

Due to the Illinois stay-at-home order issued in response to COVID-19, regular schedules may need to be adjusted since kids are at home if parents’ work schedules are different. However, in situations such as these or if distance keeps you apart, virtual parenting time may be an option. 

Virtual Visitation

In some divorce cases, one parent may relocate out of state for a new job. Teleconferencing apps or video calls can help alleviate the stress of not having in-person visits by facilitating contact between parents and kids when they are apart. With today’s technology, parents in these situations can still see and communicate with their children, keeping them connected and involved in their lives. Through electronic devices, they can even play a game, read a book, or make a recipe or a craft together. There are also many online video games that two or more people can play together even if they are in different states. 

Several of the most used methods of virtual visitation include:

  • Video calls
  • Email 
  • Text messaging
  • Social media posts
  • Phone calls

With “social distancing” becoming the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a significant increase in families using apps such as FaceTime and Zoom for video calls. Kids these days have grown up using mobile phones and tablet computers, so they are used to electronic communications. Although there is no replacement for being together in person, this can be the next best thing for parenting time. 

Contact a Barrington Divorce Attorney

There are many issues that need to be resolved when a couple divorces, especially if they have children together. Parenting time can be a source of contention. The Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC have more than 50 years of combined experience handling family law and divorce matters. Our seasoned St. Charles parenting time lawyers understand how important it is to maintain a healthy relationship with your children after your divorce. We are well-versed in Illinois divorce laws and will fight to protect your parental rights. Call us today at 630-200-4882 to schedule your free consultation. 

 

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=075000050K602.7

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