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“Nesting” as a custody alternative

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2021 | Family Law

Divorce is never an easy situation for anyone. It can be particularly difficult for children. However, there might be a solution that involves everyone staying in your New Jersey home. Nesting can make the transition better for your kids.

What is nesting?

Nesting is an option for child custody after a divorce. It’s unconventional compared with standard custody options as it allows everyone to stay in the home after the divorce. However, while the child stays in the home 100% of the time, each parent takes turns living there. This makes things easier for the child as they don’t have to go back and forth between their parents’ homes.

Is nesting an option for everyone?

While nesting is a great option for child custody that can benefit the children after a divorce, it’s not necessarily for everyone. In order to have a successful nesting arrangement, the parents need to be able to put aside any hard feelings toward one another and put the kids first. If they’re able to do that, they can have a successful situation that gives the children more of a sense of normalcy.

What are the benefits of nesting?

Nesting offers certain benefits to the parents and the children. The children can continue living in the family home and have access to everything they’ve already had and known. It prevents the need to switch schools and readjust to new surroundings and people. They don’t have to shuffle back and forth between their parent’s respective homes and bring things with them. Everything is right there in the home.

Parents can also benefit from nesting. It can help each party to adjust to now being single parents and give them equal time as they continue raising their children. The parents can also create their own child custody schedule in terms of who stays in the home when and for how long. It gives them the opportunity to co-parent in a way that works for them.

Nesting is an alternative arrangement that can work when the parents are dedicated to making it work. It gives the children a better chance to adjust to a divorce.