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February 22, 2007


Grant Griffiths

I have a strong concern about virtual visitation. While I appreciate the fact this would allow parents to have more contact with their children. I fear it may be used by courts to justify allowing the custodial parent to move out of the state because of VV. I hope courts don't do that. I hope courts allow moves for other reasons and not the fact a parent can see his/her child on the computer. Seeing a child or parent on a screen is not the same as face to face. We as family law attorneys need to stress to courts that VV is not reason enough to justify allowing a move.


I agree with attorney Grant Griffiths. Virtual visitation can be a double edged sword. I think that it is great in situations where the parent and child have already been living far away, and in such cases V.V. can be used to "supplement" and not "replace" parent and child personal involvement. What do you think?

Carrie Hammond

The reason that it's important to have legislation to support virtual visitation is so that not only will parents have the right to have it - but it will stop courts from using it as a substitute. I, as a long distance parent wouldn't want it to substitute my in person time either. To my knowledge, all of the legislation that has passed has included language to that effect.


If you look at the laws and Bills that we drafted and are currently being considered, all of them have a clause preventing the use by the courts to justify a move-away. It is our #1 goal to prevent this from happening and why legislation is needed.

Keep in mind without legislation the courts can do anything, with our legislation they will have guidelines. We are trying very hard to dull that double edged sword.

7 Bills, 2 Laws (soon to be 4) and 27 Pre-Draft Bills to date.

If you truley fear this, then support legislation in your state to prevent it. We have most likely already drafted a Pre-Draft for your state or may even have a Bill under consideration.


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