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Technology and parental communication with children

On Behalf of | May 4, 2017 | Child Custody

If divorced Kentucky parents of young children live relatively far away from each other, there might be an agreement in place that the noncustodial parent communicates with the child using technology such as Skype, Facetime, phone calls or texting. However, in some cases, custodial parents might wonder whether they can prevent the other parent from communicating with the child in this way.

In general, courts prefer to encourage rather than discourage communication between children and their parents. There may be strict rules in place about when and how parents and children communicate if necessary, but if there are no issues such as abuse, it is unlikely that a court would agree to cutting off contact. If the noncustodial parent is harassing the child through excessive phone calls, texts or other methods of communication, the custodial parent may want to return to family court to try to resolve the situation. Parents should document the harassment

Even if one parent has issues with the conduct of the other parent, blocking that parent from communication with the child may not be the right solution. It might be advisable for a parent to consult a child psychologist before making a decision about how to handle the situation. It may be damaging to cut a child off completely from the other parent.

Negotiating child custody and visitation may be one of the most difficult and emotional aspects of a divorce. Neither parent may want to face the fact that they must give up time with their child. Furthermore, one parent may dislike the influence the other parent has on their child. Nevertheless, a court will approach a custody dispute with the best interests of the child in mind, and this usually means time with both parents.