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What Is Virtual Visitation and Why Is It Important?

What Is Virtual Visitation and Why Is It Important?

Virtual visitation is a modern way for parents to meet with their children under child visitation laws. It allows a non-custodial parent to meet with their child through the use of internet technology, also called “e-visitation” or “e-access.” Virtual visitation refers to visitation by use of video-chat applications such as Skype, and can also include visitation through instant messaging, text messaging, e-mail messages, and telephone conferences. Virtual visitation is becoming an increasingly popular form of child visitation, as allows more and more non-custodial parents to maintain frequent visitation with their child. It is especially popular for non-custodial parents who live far away from their child. It allows the parent to have visitation without having physical custody of the child, It can also be convenient for parents because it prevents their own direct contact, which can help them avoid future altercations. Currently, virtual visitation is available in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. In July of 2009, 22 additional states began to revise legislature which would allow virtual visitation. In each state, laws regarding virtual visitation vary. In most states the judge will typically create a schedule for what days and times e-visitation can occur, and how long sessions can last. Individuals should consult with an attorney about their state’s virtual visitation laws. A judge will not allow virtual visitation if it puts the child in danger. For instance, if the non-custodial parent has a history of substance abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or illegal activities, virtual visitation would not be prescribed. However, there are many situations where virtual visitation can be very useful, such as: Any time...
Children, Divorce, & the Holidays

Children, Divorce, & the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays While You’re Surviving Divorce The divorce process is one of the most stressful things a person can go through. Add that to the stress of the holidays, and you meel feel completely overwhelmed. When the holiday season rolls around, you may wonder how you are supposed to celebrate when you have so much on your mind. As difficult as it may seem, it is possible to manage a divorce during the holidays, and still enjoy spending time with family and friends. You only need to employ a few tips to manage your divorce and still have fun during the holidays: Determine your priorities. A recent survey found that 4 out of 5 people want the holidays to be simpler. A divorce is a good time to simplify and make beneficial changes that make your life easier.You usually have moved to a smaller place, you may have less money, and you may have less time if you have gone back to work. You have an opportunity to do what many want to do, and cut back during the holidays. This is a way to make something positive from the changes in your life. Remember, it’s not about stuff! Make a budget and stick to it. Don’t try to buy love or loyalty. In a recent survey, many Americans are still paying off some part of holiday extravagance until November of the following year. Having less debt is another way to reduce stress. Give gifts of time and attention instead of expensive things. It will be good for you and good for your children. Be patient. Be patient...

Discipline After Divorce

Parenting is hard to do in any situation; however, after divorce it can be even more difficult. Parenting can be hard when the children is being shuttled between two homes and having to constantly readjust. Children may also react differently to separation and divorce, and they may need extra help dealing with their feelings. Experts assert that the best way to deal with children adjusting to a divorce is to maintain consistent discipline after divorce, which allows them to cope more easily. Discipline can be defined as “to train someone to obey rules or a code of behavior.” A parent’s job is just this; to train up your children to be productive, respectable, and well mannered individuals. Parenting by definition requires some form of discipline, and just like with most aspects of a child’s life, including education, nutrition, exercise,  and medical care,it is in the child’s best interests for it to be as consistent as possible. Consistent discipline may only be possible if you are can reasonably communicate with your ex-spouse. However, it is important to note that consistent discipline between parents is very helpful to preventing your children from playing one parent against the other. You and your ex-spouse can take the time to determine what behaviors are unacceptable across the board, such as lying, hitting, stealing, talking back, bad grades, not doing chores, or others. From there, the two of you can  have very specific consequences for these behaviors that can be implemented in both homes. You may decide that hitting always results in time out, or that bad grades always results in loss of video game...

Does Adultery Impact Child Custody Decisions?

Adultery is a very common reason for a couple to divorce. Though no one imagines they would ever commit adultery, the fact is that some studies have found that in approximately 40 percent of marriages, one or both spouses engages in an affair. More often than not, an affair leads to divorce. Many people wonder, does adultery impact child custody decisions? California implemented the concept of no-fault divorce in 1970. After this theory was put into practice, divorcing couples had two reasons available for filing for divorce: irreconcilable differences, or that your spouse is incurably insane. Though the first reason is much more common, in either option you do not need your spouse’s consent to end your marriage. Because of no-fault divorce, California courts are not supposed to take into consideration any fault when granting a divorce, including infidelity. Still, a judge can consider how the infidelity financially impacts the non-adulterous spouse. In very rare situations, a judge might consider how the adultery impacts the children of the marriage. Of any of the issues in a divorce, the courts view child custody as the least affected by adultery. Just like in any other scenario, California courts determine child custody issues based on what is in the best interests of the child. Generally, the state believes that a healthy and close relationship with both parents is in the best interests of the child. Adultery would only have bearing on child custody in situations where the infidelity reflected on the spouse’s fitness as a parent, for instance, is the spouse engaged in a sexual act with another person while the child...