Nesting offers child custody compromise

Birds are known to nest, meaning they create a comfortable and safe environment to support their offspring as they grow. Parents essentially do the same thing as they settle into a family home. But after a divorce, children are often uprooted from this familiar home, especially if parents decide on sharing child custody.

However, some parents are choosing to keep their children in the family’s house. In this form of nesting, the adults take turns moving in and out depending on the custody schedule.

According to USA Today, nesting is not a new concept, but the increase in popularity of the practice could be in part due to the down economy and housing market. Keeping the house in the family can prolong the investment until the housing market improves and the home can be sold for a much better return.

“They’re not doing it so much for the kids, as doing it to increase the value of their asset,” a divorce lawyer explained to the publication.

Whatever the reason, many family experts agree that this arrangement is the easiest for children to adjust to, especially if they are young. According to Bonus Families, this custody agreement works best for ex-spouses who can stay civil and flexible while co-parenting.