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Visitation options for parents who live far from their kids

There is no perfect substitute for real in-person time with one's child. From holding their hand while crossing the street to pushing them on swings when out at the park, a parent cherishes the opportunities that they have to be near their children. Unfortunately, some Tennessee parents have to move far from their kids in order to accommodate their jobs or new relationships.

If a parent is subject to a child custody and visitation order and must move away from where their child lives, they may have to modify their order. A modified custody and visitation order may help a parent protect their parental rights and establish new rules that allow them to continue their relationship with their children. If they cannot be with their kids each week, though, an alternate form of visitation may be necessary.

In some circumstances parents may be able to incorporate virtual visitation provisions into their modified child custody and visitation plans. Virtual visitation is what it sounds like: using technology to virtually communicate. Parents and kids may be able to maintain their relationships over great distances by having regular Facetime or Skype sessions, using texting or other messaging to stay in touch, or having scheduled phone calls each and every week.

What a parent should take from this post is that they do not have to give up their rights to communicate with their children just because they have to move. They and their family law attorney can work out terms for a modified custody and visitation order that allow the parent to stay close to their children even when their life takes them far away.

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