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Nesting: an alternative to traditional child custody arrangements

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2021 | Child Custody |

Watching your children grow is a beautiful thing. So, if parents divorce both parents may be concerned about their child’s welfare. After all, having to transition from one household to two separate households can be a big adjustment for a child. Parents in Harrisburg who want an alternative to traditional child custody arrangements may be interested in learning more about “nesting.”

What is nesting?

Nesting is an alternative type of child custody arrangement. Traditionally, when parents divorce, they each set up their own household and the child is shuttled between them when it is their parenting time. In nesting, however, the child stays in the family home 100% of the time, and it is the parents who take turns living in the family home during their parenting time and staying in a separate home when it is not their parenting time.

Is nesting right for you?

There are pros and cons to nesting. On the plus side, nesting provides the child with the stability they need to thrive post-divorce. In addition, it may be less expensive for both parents to keep the family home and share a small studio or one-bedroom apartment. However, nesting requires a good deal of cooperation. Parents will need to agree on house rules for the child. In addition, parents will have to agree on who will do what chores and who will pay which bills. If a couple’s divorce is less than amicable, nesting may not be the choice for them.

Learn more about child custody in Pennsylvania

Nesting may be of interest to some divorcing parents while other parents may be more comfortable with traditional child custody arrangements. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on child custody may be of interest to those who want to learn more about this topic.