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Nesting: Alternative to traditional child custody arrangements

| Mar 17, 2021 | Family Law |

When parents in Silverdale are getting a divorce, their primary concern may be their relationship with their child moving forward. Divorce can cause a lot of upheaval in a child’s life, especially if the child is shuttled back and forth between each parent’s house, as is the case in traditional child custody arrangements. For this reason, some parents may be interested in learning about an alternative to traditional child custody arrangements: “nesting.”

What is nesting?

In traditional child custody arrangements, generally the child moves between each parent’s household when it is that parent’s allotted parenting time. These transfers can be stressful for children. In a “nesting” arrangement, it is not the child who is shuttled back and forth, but the parents. The child resides in the family home full-time and the parents take turns living in the family home with the child while it is their parenting time, and in a separate apartment when it is their ex’s parenting time with the child. This can provide stability to a child’s life during an uncertain time.

Is nesting right for everyone?

Nesting is a unique child custody arrangement and may not be right for everyone. First, spouses will have to cooperate with each other post-divorce. They will have to agree on household rules, including rules for the child, who will take care of household chores and who will pay household expenses. They will also have to make sure that they can afford to keep both the family home and a separate apartment. However, if parents are on good terms with each other, they may be able to make a nesting arrangement work.

Learn more about child custody in Washington

Ultimately, this post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want to learn more about child custody in Washington are encouraged to visit our firm’s website for further information on this topic.