New York Child Custody and Visitation Law: Agreements to “Electronic Visitation” or Parental Access

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In this electronic age, parents can craft an agreement allowing the parent to have meaningful communication with the child(ren) using electronic methods (i.e., Parenting 2.0!) including:

• Telephone (e.g., to the other parent’s phone or the child’s phone)
• Video-conferencing (e.g., FaceTime, Skype)
• Text messaging (e.g., WhatsApp, Viber)
• Social media (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
• Electronic mail (i.e., “e-mail”).

In some cases, parents might decide on a specific period of time when the other parent can call and talk to the child(ren) (e.g., from 6pm to 7pm). In most situations, this electronic communication should be for a reasonable period of time in light of the child’s age and without interruption or monitoring from the other parent.

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