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How can you and your co-parent use birdnesting to your advantage?

On Behalf of | Oct 21, 2022 | Child Custody |

During a divorce, you and your former spouse must learn how to best care for your children as co-parents. Many children struggle with the change at first. Not only do they have to deal with the split of their parents, but they have to acclimate to two separate households. One way to avoid your child having to adapt to too many things is through the birdnesting technique.

NBC News explains that birdnesting allows children to continue living in a stable environment without a severe change to their routine.

What is birdnesting?

Birdnesting allows your kids to stay in the family home. Nothing about their routine changes. They continue to go to the same school and follow the same routine. The difference is that only one of you will care for the children anytime. You split the time per the parenting plan and one parent stays at home with the kids while the other lives on a separate property.

How can you make birdnesting work for you and your spouse?

For birdnesting to work, you and your spouse must determine optimal living situations for both of you. You and your spouse may decide to have two separate homes aside from the family home. On your weeks, you would return to the family home and your former spouse would return to his or her single house. Some couples also choose only to have one extra home, where the parents rotate.

Keep in mind that kids might want to believe you will reunite with your spouse, so keep birdnesting a short-term venture.