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Nesting: Another way of resolving parenting time disputes

As regular readers of our Nashville family law blog know, one of the most difficult disagreements in divorce can be between parents on the subject of where their children should live. A recent article in the New York Times explored a concept that might be familiar to some readers: bird nesting.

Sometimes referred to simply as nesting, the child custody arrangement involves divorced parents keeping the marital home. The children stay there, while the parents move in and out, one at a time, to care for them.

The mom might live there for a week and then moves out to let the children's dad move in. He stays for a week and then leaves to make way for her return. And so on.

The idea is to keep the children comfortable in a familiar environment with their parents, one at a time, right there with them to provide care, guidance, advice, discipline and love.

The "nesting" term comes from the baby birds in a nest while the mom and dad birds fly in and out.

The writer of the Times article says she and her ex-husband each have apartments where they live when not in the house with their kids. They switch on Wednesday mornings and Saturday evenings.

Other divorced parents might switch on Tuesdays and Fridays or weekly or at some other designated times negotiated with the help of a family law attorney.

To discuss parenting time, custody, visitation and other family law matters, contact Stanley A. Kweller, Attorney at Law.

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