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Dealing With Long-Distance Visitation

Deployments, job transfers and family medical issues, among other many other things, often have parents living miles or even states away from one another. How do you deal with long-distance visitation when you share custody of a child?

Many parents in San Antonio serve in the military or share custody with someone who does. We are proud to help these parents foster relationships with their children.

MARVEL & WONG, PLLC is a family law firm that helps parents living across the country or serving overseas make long-distance visitation work. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our lawyers know how to be creative.  Karen Marvel, Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, also understands exactly how to draft a workable agreement or resolve disputes under the law.

What Are Your Options In Long-Distance Situations?

Child custody and visitation rights are a serious matter in Texas. The courts prefer to have both parents involved in the child’s life. Whether through voluntary agreement or in court, the law leaves room for options, including:

  • Virtual visitation: You can leverage the power of technology to keep a regular or variable visitation schedule. You can use cellphones, Skype, FaceTime, private chat rooms and many other modes of communication.
  • Travel expenses: One parent does not have to shoulder the burden for expenses required to visit the child or let the child travel to his or her house. An agreement can include terms allocating the percentage of costs each parent will have the responsibility to pay.
  • Designated alternatives: Parents can designate a grandparent, sibling, or other family member or close friend as an alternative, visiting the child on their behalf.

The terms that define a long-distance agreement hold as much weight as if the parents lived in the same city. Refusing to let the child sign on, failure to pay for expenses or denying visitation with a designated third party all constitute violations of visitation rights and the agreement can be enforced in court.

Don’t Know How To Deal With Long Distance? We Can Help You Figure It Out.

If you have questions about long-distance visitation, please call our law firm at 210-201-1630 to schedule your free initial consultation. You may also send us your information, and we will contact you.

What Our Clients Say


Ms. Marvel has assisted me regarding child support issues for the last 3 years. She is very knowledgeable in child support issues in Texas and also across state lines such as California. She came highly recommended to me by a fellow attorney, the highest compliment she can receive in my opinion. She is professional, responsive and gets the job done. Her staff is very helpful, returns calls and Karen and her staff are responsive to issues that arise. I highly recommend Karen Marvel to anyone seeking a family law attorney in Texas.
Karen Marvel is an excellent family lawyer, who presented at a legal conference I attended. I learned valuable information and tools from her that I now use to help my own clients. After the conference, I've called on her a few times when I needed her expertise in child support matters, and she was always willing to help. She is extremely well-respected in our legal community, and I highly recommend her services.
I recently hired Megan to represent me in my divorce. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and efficient. I was extremely impressed with her timeliness and was overall very pleased with her work. I would recommend her if looking for a divorce attorney...
I was very pleased with Megan's performance in court. She has been a blessing in our lives and single handedly changed our lives for the better . It was a very difficult case on my end and was brilliant with negotiations with OAG. I will always be grateful to Megan and wish the best of luck in future cases...
When I needed a lawyer I asked my coworkers for their recommendations. Three of my coworkers recommended Brandon Wong and they were very satisfied with his services. I contacted Brandon and he handled my divorce in a timely and efficient manner...
I have felt so important to Brandon since the day we first met. I had a million questions and worries, Brandon made me feel informed of all possibilities and confident in him.
Meeting you and having your professional and emotional help during the process of my divorce has definitely been invaluable. In the professional aspect, you are not only a brilliant attorney but you are reasonable, just, and fair. During the process of my divorce I found myself completely...
Brandon represented me in a child custody matter. He is professional, educated, informative and provided his services in an economical manner. He worked to obtain a settlement outside of the courtroom. When the case required a visit to court, his experience guided me through smoothly and ultimately delivered the decision in my favor...
Please don't hesitate to hire Brandon Wong. He genuinely cares about his clients. He protects his clients, he returns calls and e-mails, which is critical when you are in a situation where you need an attorney...
I would recommend Mr. Wong for his professional services. He was very attentive to my case, returning phone calls and emails before the end of every business day...
Brandon handled my divorce in a first class manner. He was always available to talk when I had questions or needed advice. He was a relentless lawyer and ensured that the settlement was fair and just...
I highly recommend Mr. Wong if you are looking for an honest and hardworking attorney who is more interested in properly representing his clients than making a quick dollar...
We received excellent legal help from Brandon Wong. Our family had a custody issue that had us spinning our wheels for a year due to the complexity. Brandon handled our case quickly and with heart. We felt genuinely cared for during the entire process and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs legal help...
Brandon handled my divorce and made it easier than I could have imagined. He took care of everything, totally minimized the stress on me, and was extremely professional while remaining very approachable and compassionate...
Hired Mr. Wong to represent me on a child-support arrears enforcement case. Dad was ordered to pay child-support in 1991, and up until my daughter turned 18 years of age...

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Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization