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What to know about nesting

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2021 | Custody

After a divorce, it’s not uncommon for one person to keep the Kentucky family home while the other lives in a separate home or apartment. Typically, any children in the family will split their time between each residence. However, a relatively new concept called nesting may allow parents to provide their children with a sense of stability even though they don’t live together.

The parents split their time between two residences

Parents who choose to use the nesting strategy will split time between the family home and their own home or apartment. Their children remain in the family home on a permanent basis. This allows them to remain in the same school district and in close proximity to friends or extended family members. Ultimately, it allows a young person to retain some semblance of familiarity during a period of upheaval in their life.

Nesting isn’t a viable strategy for everyone

Although there are many potential benefits to nesting, there are also potential negatives to this type of child custody arrangement. For example, it can be expensive to rent a home or apartment while also paying for the main family home. In addition, there is no guarantee that an individual is willing to cook, clean or otherwise maintain the home while living there with the children. This could create an unfair division of labor between parents who may already have problems getting along.

Keep the focus on your kids

Even if you don’t like the idea of nesting, it’s worth considering if there is reason to believe that doing so is what is best for your kids. It is worth noting that nesting is generally considered to be a temporary solution, so this may be something that you’ll only have to deal with for a few months or years.

If you have custody rights to your children, nesting may be an effective way to exercise these rights. Allowing your child to remain at home may make it easier for them to adjust to their new reality.