When Florida parents decide they will no longer be together it can be an emotional and difficult time for everyone, especially their children. In order to minimize the effects of a divorce on children, parents have become more creative in their child custody arrangements. Nesting, also known as bird nesting, is one child custody arrangement that may be a good option for some families.
Nesting is a child custody arrangement where the children stay in the family home and the parents move in and out to take care of them. Instead of the children having to move between two houses, they stay in the home they know and are familiar with. There are several benefits for using nesting as a child custody arrangement. These include:
- The children get to stay in their home with all of their possessions.
- The kids stay at the same school and in the same neighborhood.
- They stay in the neighborhood with their friends, pets, etc. and their life remains consistent.
- Because of the consistency the effects of the divorce on the children may be minimized.
- If parenting time with each parent needs to change for some reason it will have minimum effects on the children.
Nesting works best when both parents are still amiable towards each other. There are many arrangements that parents can come up with for where they live when they are not at home with the kids. They could have their own apartment and share it with the other parent. They could stay with friends, their parents, own another home, the options are endless.
An attorney who specializes in child custody can help their client understand what their options may be and what would work best for them and their children. They can help arrange an agreement that everyone can agree to and has minimal impact on the children and their daily lives.