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Making virtual visitation work when your kids are busy

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Family Law

The world moves pretty fast nowadays, even for kids and teens. As a result, many co-parents find themselves navigating the complexities of virtual visitation arrangements while managing their children’s busy schedules. 

When kids are busy, making virtual visitation arrangements work requires thoughtful planning, flexibility and creative solutions. Most of the time, consistency is key to making virtual visitation successful. Establishing a regular schedule that fits into the children’s routine helps create a sense of stability and predictability. And certainly, co-parents should collaborate to identify times that work for everyone, considering school, extracurricular activities and other commitments. However, this approach is certainly easier said than done. 

Leveraging various technological tools can potentially help. Using high-quality video conferencing apps, shared calendars and reminders can help streamline the process. Some apps even offer interactive features like games and educational activities that can be enjoyed together. Utilizing these tools can make virtual visitation sessions more dynamic and engaging for busy kids who may be worn out by the time they sit down to chat with a parent. 

Embracing flexibility, when appropriate

While consistency is important, flexibility is also important. Busy kids might have unexpected changes in their schedules, such as last-minute practice sessions or school projects. Co-parents should approach these situations with understanding and willingness to adjust virtual visitation times as needed. Being flexible shows children that both parents respect their activities and are willing to work together to maintain a strong relationship. 

With that said, if the situation gets out of hand and a parent’s rights to communicate with their child aren’t being regularly honored and accommodated, it might be time to explore their legal options.