It is often difficult to maintain the quality of close relationships with family who live far away. What happens when Mum and Dad separate and one parent relocates? What about the children? Unfortunately, when one parent relocates the relationship between the children and the parent with whom they no longer live, is bound to deteriorate.
Relocation cases, as they are called, have been described as “the San Andreas Fault of family law” and “not a problem which can be solved, but rather a dilemma to which there is not solution”. Usually there is no ‘bad guy’ in a relocation case, just two parents who want to get on with their lives in different places.
One of the common tools we suggest in such circumstances to reduce the tyranny of distance through modern technology is spending time with children via Skype! (Otherwise known as webcam.) So how does it work? Well, the distant parent and the children video chat together online on Skype. Skype visitation can occur several times a week, at a time that fits in with the daily schedules of the children, the distant parent and the parent who the children live with.
The benefits of spending time with children via Skype
Spending time with children via Skype is a great idea because the children can see the other parent and vice versa, so it is much more interactive than an ordinary phone call. Further, children are less likely to become distracted when they can see the parent on Skype. This form of communication may help to diminish the sense of physical distance from the other parent which children often feel when one parent relocates. Essentially, spending time with children via Skype enables the relocating parent and the children to foster and develop a meaningful relationship. This is important in today’s world where people are becoming increasingly busy. Why not take advantage of advanced communication technology like Skype and utilise it to ensure that family and strong relationships remain an important part of children’s lives? These benefits can also be obtained even though parents may live nearby.
Skype is free to download from the internet and free to operate. The computer equipment required is not sophisticated or expensive and it is easy to do even for the technologically challenged.
If you are considering relocating with children or are in the midst of such a dispute and would like to discuss it with one of our experienced Family Law Team, please don’t hesitate to contact us.