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Should you and your ex consider birdnesting?

On Behalf of | May 25, 2023 | Divorce

Breaking up with your partner is never easy, and determining custody arrangements can be stressful for both of you. Birdnesting can be an option that provides children with stability during a difficult time. Rather than them having to move between their parent’s new houses, the children stay put in the old house. Then, the parents take turns to go and stay with them.

Is bird nesting an effective solution for divorced couples looking for child custody options?

The pros and cons

Here are some potential benefits of birdnesting for divorcing parents:

  • It can provide stability for children during a complex and uncertain time.
  • By sharing one home instead of each parent maintaining their separate residences, birdnesting can be a cost-effective option for families going through a divorce.
  • Birdnesting requires a high degree of communication and cooperation between parents, which can lead to a more amicable relationship and better co-parenting after the divorce is final.
  • By taking turns living in the family home, both parents can spend equal time with their children without the need for the children to be shuttled back and forth.

While birdnesting can have its benefits, there are also potential drawbacks to consider:

  • It requires parents to share a home, limiting privacy and personal space.
  • Each parent still needs somewhere else to live the rest of the time
  • Birdnesting can make it difficult for parents to move on with their lives after the divorce is finalized.

If you and your ex are considering birdnesting as an option during your divorce process, it’s important to discuss all of these potential issues beforehand to make an informed decision about what is best for your family.