• Annmarie Baranik

Rules for ZOOM – Virtual Visits

If you can’t do a visit because of COVID – we can still do a supervised zoom visit for Connecticut or Los Angeles.

  1. Be on time. We promise to start and end the visits according to the times scheduled. If you do not join the visit within 5 minutes of scheduled time, the visit will be cancelled and a charge for the full visit will be incurred (fee varies)

  2. Be considerate. Be considerate of the other parent’s privacy of their home. Parents with children will have the child/children in a room with no distractions.

  3. Earbuds. Children/children will be asked to wear earbuds or headphones during visit.

  4. Be prepared. Be prepared to interact with your child. Have multiple activities to do together virtually. Please have these activities already planned before the visit.

  5. Do not multitask. Stay mentally and physically present. It is easy to get distracted on a virtual visit, but our objective is important and we need your full attention in order for you to remain child focused and to meet the goals of the visit. Eating is also a distraction, so please eat before or after the visit.

  6. Parents responsibility to keep visits going. Although the Monitor can assist the parent, it is not the responsibility of the Monitor to interact with the child and keep the child’s attention.

  7. Choose a quiet location: Background noise disrupts the visit and might prevent us from hearing the information that we need. Choose a quiet location – away from pets, other people or any distractions etc. Turn off the TV and any music.

  8. Nobody else visited. Please remember that no one else can be present while you are participating in the court ordered virtual visit.. No one else may be in the visit unless on court order or PRE APPROVED by the other parent.

  9. No driving or walking around or laying down. Your safety is important to us. You cannot be distracted while on the visit. This includes laying down in bed or on a couch.

  10. No Call Waiting. If using your cellphone, please disable your “Call Waiting” feature. The clicking noise you hear on your phone when another call comes in can also be heard by the Monitor and will be distracting.

  11. All visits may be recorded : The Monitor will document as usual, providing an objective “picture” of what happens in the visit, but may also record audio for our files and court records. Neither parent may record audio or video, or take screenshots during these virtual visits.

  12. The Monitor may terminate visits at any time they feel necessary.

Please remember that these visits are to help substitute in-person visitation due to the pandemic or may possibly be an additional way to spend time with your child(ren).

These visits are not only important to you, but they are important to the child as well, so that you may keep a steady routine.

Legal Angels has noticed an influx in virtual visits since the start of the pandemic and we have done hundreds to date.

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