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Birdnesting Custody: A Child-Centered Approach to Divorce

Divorce can be a difficult and stressful experience for everyone involved, especially for children. One way to minimize the impact of divorce on children is to create a child-centered custody arrangement. Birdnesting custody is one such arrangement that can provide stability and consistency for children during and after divorce.

Birdnesting is a type of joint custody arrangement in which children, instead of traveling between each parent’s residence, remains in the same home while their parents move in and out on a rotating schedule. These arrangements can vary depending on the needs of the family. Some parents may choose to switch every week, while others may choose to switch every other week or on a monthly basis.

There are many benefits to this type of custody arrangement, including:

  • Stability and consistency for children — Children who do not have to travel between homes can benefit from the sense of stability and consistency during a time of great change. Children know that they will always have a home to come back to, regardless of which parent they are with.
  • Stronger relationships with both parents — Birdnesting custody can help children to maintain strong relationships with both parents. Children have the opportunity to spend time with each parent in their own home, which can help them to feel loved and supported by both parents.
  • Co-parenting benefits — Just because the marriage didn’t work out doesn’t mean that your relationship with your ex must become nonexistent. In fact, spouses may benefit greatly from choosing this type of custody arrangement. Parents who are able to work together to create and maintain a birdnesting custody arrangement are more likely to be able to co-parent effectively and communicate civilly with each other.

Birdnesting custody is a relatively new custody arrangement, but it is quickly becoming more popular. However, it is not the right fit for everyone. It can be costly for each parent as they will have to pay for their own home outside of the shared one for the time they are not with their child. This means an additional rental/mortgage payment. It is important to consider your own needs and limitations, as well as the specific needs of your family. Consulting with a family law attorney to determine if birdnesting custody is the best option may be a wise choice.

Attorney Victoria Cramer practices divorce and family law throughout the greater Salt Lake City area. If you are looking for guidance from an experienced attorney on what type of custody arrangement works best for you, feel free to contact us online or call 801-299-9999 for an initial consultation.