The ABA Journal has an article this month about "virtual visitation." It turns out that virtual visitation is old news in Tennessee.
Virtual visitation is really just another name for video conferencing. The child and the "visiting" parent sit in from of web-camera connected through the Internet and have a live conversation. Advocates are quick to point out that virtual visitation is not a substitute for personal interaction. But it can be a great supplement, especially when the parents live far apart.
In 2001 the Tennessee Court of Appeals approved a virtual visitation plan in Burke v. Burke [Opinion; Order to Amend]. The court described virtual visitation as a unique, forward-thinking, and viable communication option, and it approved court-ordered installation of the necessary equipment.
For more information on virtual visitation, take a look at the following:
Virtual Visitation: Is This a New Option for Divorcing Parents?