You’re interested in finding the best possible custody arrangement for your children after you get divorced. That may mean you want to think outside of the box a little bit. Have you considered nesting as a potential solution?
How it works
You’re going to have a custody schedule no matter what. Traditionally, this has meant that each parent has their own home. As the schedule dictates, the children move back and forth. You can use this tactic if you want, but it can put a lot of stress on the kids and make their lives feel much different than they were before the divorce.
With nesting, you still have a schedule, but the children are the ones who stay in the same home. The schedule dictates when you move into that home with them, when you move back out and when your ex moves in. As you can imagine, this means that both you and your ex need to have a second place to live for the days when you are not on the schedule to have custody of the kids.
Why use nesting?
This plan may not work for everyone due to its complexity and expense, but it does have some major advantages. It gives the kids more stability, cuts back on travel time, and helps life feel “normal.” It is certainly something worth considering as you go through all of your legal options and try to determine what is going to be best for yourself and your children moving forward.