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Bird-nesting: The custody solution you’ve been wanting

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2022 | Custody & Visitation |

You and your spouse are going through a relatively amicable divorce. You’re still on good terms and you just want to focus on being good co-parents, even though you both agree that the marriage is over.

Unfortunately, sharing custody can be stressful for the children. They are the ones who are obligated to move between their parents’ homes. They often feel unsettled and they don’t have stability. They may even be frustrated simply by not having the same toys or other items at each house. What can you do to give them more stability?

How bird-nesting works

The answer may be bird-nesting, which is a situation in which you choose a single home for the children. If you and your spouse already own a family home, you can just keep it instead of selling it as you divide your assets.

You still switch custody on the same schedule that you would use otherwise. The difference is just that one parent moves out and the other parent moves in on that schedule. The two of you can then rent an apartment or you can both get your own places to stay when you don’t have custody. But when you do have custody, you still live in the marital home with the children.

Would this work for you?

It’s safe to say that this isn’t for everyone, and the divorce does have to be pretty amicable for people to get along well enough to continue sharing a home in this fashion. But if it sounds like something you can do, it may be the solution that is best for your kids. This is why it’s important to look into all of your legal options.