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Should you consider nesting as a child custody alternative?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Child Custody

If you are considering your custody options in New Jersey, you may have heard of nesting. Nesting is a relatively new child custody alternative that is gaining in popularity, and it has proven to be a successful solution for many families.

What nesting is

Nesting is an arrangement in which children remain at the family home and the parents alternate living there with them. This means that one parent leaves the house for a designated period of time, usually about two weeks, while the other parent moves back in and cares for the children. It’s also important to understand that this arrangement isn’t permanent; it’s expected to change at least every couple of weeks.

Logistical benefits of nesting

Nesting is often considered a viable option for families who are attempting to minimize the disruption in their children’s lives caused by separation or divorce. This type of child custody arrangement can also be beneficial for families who live in geographically isolated areas as it eliminates the need for children to regularly travel back and forth between two homes.

In addition, nesting can be beneficial for parents whose work schedules or other factors make it difficult to adhere to a traditional custody arrangement. Nesting can potentially save both parents money, as it eliminates the need for one of them to maintain two separate households.

Emotional benefits

One of the main advantages of nesting is that it eliminates the stress and upheaval associated with moving back and forth between two separate homes. Additionally, it allows the children to remain in a familiar environment, which can be especially comforting for younger kids. Nesting also encourages positive co-parenting as both parents must work together to ensure that the arrangement works for everyone involved.

Ultimately, whether or not nesting is right for your family depends on a variety of factors, including the ages of your children, where you live and the type of work schedules you both have. It’s important to carefully consider all of these factors before making a decision.