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Maintaining electronic communication with your kids

It has been our experience here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. that despite any disagreements divorcing couples in San Antonio may have with each other, their love for their children remains unchanged by their marital status. Following your separation, you and your ex-spouse will likely have to work together to come up with an amicable custody agreement (or have one assigned to you by the court). Yet what if you want to continue to communicate with your children even while they are not in your custody? Would you be violating your agreement by doing so?

According to the provisions established by the Texas Family Code, you may petition the court to maintain communications with your children through electronic mediums on top of your assigned custody periods. In deciding whether or not such communication would be appropriate, the court may consider factors such the access you and your kids have to electronic communication equipment as well as whether such contact would be in your children’s best interests. The court considers phone calls, emails, instant messages as well as videoconference and webcam chats as being acceptable methods of electronic communication.

If you are given permission to proceed with such contact, you and your ex-spouse must adhere to following requirements:

  •          Provide each other with access to every method of communication used to contact the children.
  •          Notify each other of any changes in email addresses, accounts or passwords within 24 hours of them taking place.
  •          Adhere to any and all reasonable standards of conduct in such communication as required by the court and as you would in other situations.

Keep in mind, too, that electronic communication is not considered to be a substitute for custodial visits.

You can discover more information regarding child custody issues here on our site.  

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