Following a divorce in British Columbia, circumstances often cause one of the former spouses to relocate. This could be difficult for children who may then have little contact with the parent who moved away. However, with the accessibility of the internet, it might be a good idea to work out a communication schedule for video calls as part of a child custody agreement.
A professor in another province has launched a study to evaluate the manners in which technology such as the internet could benefit parent-child relationships when distance or child custody rights is a problem. Data is being collected byways of a survey to study the pros and cons of FaceTime, Skype, and other communication technologies when it comes to dissolution of marriages. The objective of the study will be to build reference material for judges and lawyers, mental health professionals and others who deal with divorces and long-distance parenting.
While the study will provide conclusions, the professor predicts that these communication options will prove to be of significant value in maintaining relationships between parents and children who live far apart. However, she believes that the potential remains for children who were victims of abuse or domestic violence to be subjected to ongoing abuse and control via the avenues offered by this technology. For this reason, some control measures will have to be developed.
British Columbia parents who are separated by great distances from their children after divorce may want to establish an internet communication plan. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, the child custody agreement might be reviewed, and through further negotiations, both parents may establish a workable plan. The lawyer can present it to the family court, and if the court finds the arrangements to be in the best interests of the child, it may modify the existing court order.
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Source: FindLaw Canada, “Study will examine use of technology in child-parent communication during divorce and separation“, Alexia Kapralos, Accessed on June 2, 2017