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You can see your kids even when they aren't with you -- virtually

When you got married, you may not have thought it would ever end. As the years went by, you had children and realized that the two of you grew apart. Perhaps you fell out of love and want to make sure that you retain the friendship the two of you still enjoy.

More people appear to be ending their relationships at this point nowadays. The number of arguments increase, the romance is gone and the friendship shows signs of strain. This set of circumstances indicates for many that it is time to divorce. The primary mission at this point is to make sure that the children have as much time with each parent as possible.

What about when they aren't with you?

You and the other parent may have reached an agreement regarding parenting time rather easily. You made your decisions regarding holidays, birthdays and school events as well. Now, each of you may secretly wonder how you will get through the time when you aren't with your children. You don't really want to go a full day without any contact with them. Have you considered virtual visitation?

With all of the electronic media available these days, parents can keep in touch with their children from anywhere in the world. Whether it's daily emails, texts or video chats, you can see your kids even when they aren't with you. This may sound great, but you still need to respect the time the children have with the other parent. This means that you will also need to negotiate in some virtual time with kids and lay some ground rules to make sure that things remain fair.

Fortunately, Illinois is one of several states that already have virtual visitation laws on the books. Understanding what they are could help you and the other parent formulate your plan. One of the biggest concerns you need to address is not interfering with the time the children have with the other parent. Virtual visits should probably have a reasonable time limit and not take place during other activities. Perhaps a bedtime story, help with homework or a quick recap of the day would be enough.

Making sure it all comes together

Mixing in-person parenting time for one parent with virtual parenting time for the other requires a delicate balance. It's important to make sure that your rights remain protected even as you consider what is best for the children. If you and the other parent have the proper motivation, you should be able to reach an agreement that will benefit everyone.

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