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Bird's nest parenting is a unique option for some parents

When parents are trying to make decisions for the children, they have to think about what's best for the kids. This is challenging in many cases, but it is even more complex if you're divorcing. One of the concerns that you'll have is determining what to do with the marital home. For some parents, a unique decision is the one that works for them – they allow the children to live in the home.

Bird's nest coparenting involves the kids remaining in one home while the parents rotate out who stays with them. The parents have another home that they share or they may each have their own. But, when it's one parent's turn to have time with the kids, they go to the children.

While this isn't a popular way to handle child custody and property division, it works for some people. In some cases, the basis for this is that the child has special needs and having them move from one home to another might not be possible. In others, the parents just want the kids to remain as stable as possible.

The downside to this arrangement is that it might come at a considerable financial cost. That expense is reduced if both parents share the second home, but that might not be a feasible option. Some of the cost might be offset because the children don't need two sets of clothes, toys and necessities since they remain in the same home.

Another consideration is that this is only going to work if you and your ex can get along amicably. The guidelines and rules for bird's nest parenting must be clearly stated. Deviation from the agreement could mean that it needs to be dissolved in favor of another option.

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