What You Need to Know About Virtual Visits & Child Custody

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. One group of people who have been particularly impacted by the virus are divorced co-parents and their children. Since the virus has prevented people from seeing one another in person, you should understand that you may include a provision regarding virtual visits/video chats with your child in your child custody plan to help ensure that even if you cannot see your child in person from time to time, you can still speak with and see your child virtually. Please continue reading and speak with our Pennsylvania family law attorneys to learn more.

How do Pennsylvania courts determine child custody agreements?

When parents divorce, Pennsylvania courts are tasked with ensuring that the couple’s child’s best interests are preserved. This is not always easy, and in many situations, one parent ends up spending more time with their child than the other parent. This is why, in many cases, if one parent does not feel up to seeing his or her child, either due to an illness or another complication, they may still be tempted to see their child anyway. However, this can be avoided by simply addressing virtual visits/video chats in their parenting time plan. Doing so will allow parents to see their child and spend quality time with their child without having to worry about getting their child sick. Our firm can help you implement this provision in your child custody/parenting time plan.

Things to Keep in Mind Regarding Virtual Visits/Video Chats With Your Child

  • First, you should understand that these visits should be done at your child’s convenience–not yours. Ensuring your child is free and ready to talk will make the experience as enjoyable as possible for your child.
  • Of course, while simply sitting and talking with your child is great, you can also offer your child to help with homework, play games, read together, and more.
  • If you wish to speak with your child alone, feel free to request as much. If you do not mind your former spouse being in the room, however, this is fine as well.
  • Bear in mind that these video chats are not a substitute for face-to-face parenting time, which both you and your child most likely prefer.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. 

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