One of the most difficult decisions that parents have to make is what’s going to happen with the child custody situation. Traditionally, one parent has moved out of the home and the children split their time between the two homes based on the parenting time schedule that is part of the child custody order.
There is another option that has become increasingly more popular recently. Dubbed bird’s nest parenting, this method is based on the child remaining in the same house. Instead of the child switching homes, the parents move into the child’s home when it is their parenting time. They then move back to their own home when it is time for the other parent to be with the kids.
Benefits to the children
Bird’s nest parenting lets the children remain as stable as possible. They don’t have to worry about adjusting to two different homes. They won’t need to figure out what to pack as they go back and forth between homes. They will have full use of their toys and other favorite items without having to bring them along from house to house.
Benefits to parents
Even though this can mean that you have a lot of work to do, and that you might have an increase in expenses since you have to cover bills at your residence and some of them at the bird’s nest, you will still see some benefits. There is a chance that you will be able to minimize these expenses by staying with a family member when you aren’t in the bird’s nest. Another option is to determine whether a short-term housing situation, such as home sharing, will work for your needs.
Customize the situation
You have to ensure that you’re doing things in the manner that’s best for your children. Taking the time to customize the parenting plan to fit your child’s needs can help everyone involved. This might mean jotting down the child’s sports and other commitments so that you know what has to be done. Whichever parent has the kids should be able to get them to the events. The other parent could go watch, but there must be clear rules for communication at these events.
Each aspect of your divorce can help your future or it can ruin you. Remember to think carefully about what you want. As you go through the negotiations, you can work toward the ultimate resolution that puts you on the best footing possible to begin your new single life.