Nesting is a child-centered custody arrangement that has recently become more common among divorced parents. Rather than the child staying at Mom’s house for one week and Dad’s house the next, the child stays in the family home while the parents rotate between residences. When a parent is not staying with the child in the family home, he or she resides in his or her own residence or rotates in and out of a single home with the other parent. This arrangement allows the child to continue life as it was before the divorce.
Although everyone wants to make divorce as easy as possible on their children, nesting is not the best solution for every family. The following are topics to address when considering nesting as a custody arrangement:
Nesting is a custody arrangement that prioritizes children’s needs during and after divorce. Nesting can be beneficial during the adjustment period post-divorce, but a successful nesting arrangement requires organization and communication by co-parents. Your attorney can assist you in determining whether a nesting arrangement could be right for you and creating an organized plan to secure the best outcome for your and your children.