Laura Freeman Laura Freeman

The age of the Skype Dad

Is a video call an adequate substitute for a seeing your children in person? Some judges seem to think so

Could you be a useful and loving father to your children if you only ever saw them on a computer screen? Most of us would say no. So much of being a parent is about being physically there. It’s curious then that our courts seem to think the opposite — that a chat via Skype or on an iPad is all a father needs to bond with and care for his child.

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