Skype Solution to Custody Battle; Judge Orders "Computer Visitation" for Dad and Kids

Judge Orders Debra Baker to Use Skype So Kids Can Have Long-Distance Visitations with Father (CBS/Mona Rivera)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) It's a sign of the times if ever there was one.

A New York woman who's moving to Florida has been ordered to use the Skype computer program so her children can have long-distance, on-line visitation with their father.

State Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo made the ruling after Debra Baker of Coram, N.Y., told the court she is moving to Venice, Fla. The unemployed bookkeeper explained her house is in foreclosure.

Garguilo ordered the Bakers' children, ages 6 and 9, to communicate three times a week with their father on Long Island using the video-conferencing program.

James Baker's attorney is considering an appeal because, he says, his client doesn't know how to use Skype.

A national divorce center says Skype visitations are uncommon but not unprecedented.

The decision was published last week in the New York Law Journal.