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Is virtual visitation allowed in New Jersey custody agreements?

Yes, New Jersey family courts allow virtual visitation in child custody orders. The state recognizes the importance of maintaining the parent-child relationship, even when physical visitation is impossible.

New Jersey family courts can order virtual visitation to supplement in-person visits, especially when one parent lives at a considerable distance from the child or other extenuating circumstances make regular, in-person visitation challenging.

What is virtual child visitation?

Virtual visitation refers to the use of technology such as video calls, instant messaging, and other forms of electronic communication to facilitate contact between individuals who are not in the same physical location.

In family law cases, virtual visitation is a form of contact between a noncustodial parent and their child(ren) when they cannot be physically present due to distance, health issues, or other circumstances.

Virtual visitation can supplement traditional in-person visitation schedules and allow parents to maintain a presence in their children’s lives, even when they cannot be there in person. It can include video chats through platforms like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, as well as sharing pictures, emails, and texts.

Virtual visits may be the only viable option in some instances

Court orders may include provisions for virtual visitation, particularly in cases where parents live far apart. It is also sometimes used for incarcerated parents or those in the military deployed far from home.

It’s important to note that while virtual visitation can enhance the relationship between parents and children, courts do not embrace it as a replacement for in-person time spent together. Judges typically encourage both forms of contact when possible.

The child’s best interests remain paramount

As with any custody or visitation matter, the court’s primary concern is the child’s best interest. Parenting plans outline virtual visitation arrangements when agreed upon by both parents and ordered by the court. The plan includes specifics of how and when virtual visitation should occur.

It’s essential for anyone involved in a custody or visitation case in New Jersey to consult with a family law attorney who is knowledgeable about NJ state laws and can provide guidance based on unique circumstances.