Edward R. Weinstein, Esq.Edward R. Weinstein, Esq.

Virtual Parenting Time? Better than the old days.

I am proud to say that back when I opened my New Jersey Divorce Law Firm back in 1996, I was one of the first lawyers in the country who understood that the Internet would be revolutionary.  Therefore, I have represented clients not only all over the United States of America but also internationally for nearly 20 years.  As a experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney with an understanding of technology, I have enhanced many of my client’s “parenting time” with their children.  Now, with the advent of Skype and Apple’s Face Time I fight for language in our New Jersey Custody agreements even when the parties live in N.J.

Let’s face it, a phone call is nice, but to intact with your child via the Internet is much more of an intimate experience.  There seems to be a much more emotional bond when you can see your child’s smile though the computer screen.  More importantly, they get to see yours!  At the Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein, our goal is to provide you with as many resources as possible to make keeping in touch with your loved ones after divorce a less stressful time in your life.   

Videoconferencing is not only helping parents stay more active and involved with their children, but it also is helping children cope better with their parents splitting. The more present parents are in their children’s lives, the fewer emotional problems kids are likely to have. It is important to allow your children time each week to Skype or video chat with their other parent. It is a great idea to create a separate parenting time schedule designed specifically for virtual visitation, therefore making it easier to have time allocated for your children to sit routinely to visit with their other parent. It is also important that you do not interfere while your children are video chatting. Virtual visitation is to be treated like regular visitation. Therefore, when you children sit down at the computer to chat with their other parent, it is vital to remember that it is their special time, not time for you to be around, thereby defeating the ultimate purpose.

Below is some more information on the most frequently used video calling sites that we here at the Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein recommend to help you be as active as possible in your kid’s lives:

Skype

Skype is currently the hottest online video- calling site in America boasting over 50 million online users. It allows you to video and voice call anyone else who has a Skype account for free. The site also enables people to instant message and file share for times that access to a webcam is minimal. The great part about Skype is that is can be used everywhere. Whether you are at home, work, or out and about, Skype is accessible on your computer, cell phone, tablet, TV, and even from your home phone.   

Apple’s Facetime

Even though Facetime is specifically for Mac users, it has revolutionized video calling throughout the world. It allows users to talk with anyone on any Mac device that has a built in Facetime camera. Whether parents want to catch up or just say hi, Facetime makes its easy and convenient to keep in touch with your children from wherever. One of the great things about Facetime is that whenever you try to reach your child, the call rings through on every Mac device they own, even if Facetime isn’t running. This is especially great for parents trying to stay in touch with their children in college, as they might not always be by a computer.     

If you, a friend or family faces the harsh reality of not being able to see their child every day due to a NJ Divorce, please contact this New Jersey Divorce Lawyer to learn how we may enhance your relationship with the most important thing in the world … your child.