Parents who work on oil rigs have a unique family situation. They aren’t always around in person for their children, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a meaningful relationship with their children. Advances in technology mean that you can use virtual options for having visits with your kids if you can’t be right there with them in person.
Virtual visits can happen through means like video chats, text messages or instant messages. Options like Facebook Messenger, Skype, FaceTime and Zoom can help you to enjoy time with your children as long as you have a working internet connection.
Courts in Texas can order that a parent be allowed virtual visits with their children. The terms of these visits can be built into the parenting plan so there isn’t any question about what needs to happen. One thing that both parents must remember is that these visits must be uncensored. The parent and the child should be free to speak to each other in the same way they would if they were in the same location.
You can use virtual visits in a variety of manners. Not only can you just have a conversation with your child, but you can also do things like help them with homework or read them a bedtime story. The goal of these visits is to enable you and your child to build a stronger relationship than what’s possible when there are extended absences.
Virtual visits aren’t a replacement for in-person visits but they do help to bridge the gap between them. Having the terms spelled out clearly for all aspects of parenting is important so that you can always refer to the custody order if there are questions about what needs to happen.