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Nesting as a possible shared custody arrangement

Florida parents who are considering a divorce may be considering how to manage their parental responsibilities after ending their marriage. Shared physical custody is one way for both parents to balance their time with their children. Nonetheless, nesting is an option that takes this a step further.

Nesting parents split their time between the family home and another living space outside of it. The parents take turns living in the house and caring for the children one at a time. This means that the children stay in the family home, and the parents come and go.

In a traditional shared custody arrangement, the children often split their time between the homes of each of their parents. This has some possible disadvantages for the children including a disruption in their daily lives and a more complex weekly routine. Nesting helps mitigate these difficulties because the children have far more stability than they would have if they traveled between two homes on a weekly basis.

However, one of the main drawbacks to nesting is its requirement for complete cooperation from both parents. This total collaboration could make the divorce seem less final to children who have a hard time accepting the change in their lives. Aside from this main detriment to nesting, another concern is that it can be impractical for parents who have moved on to new relationships, so it is possible that this arrangement works best as a temporary parenting plan.

Parents who want work together to raise their children after they end their marriage may have questions about the legal aspects of their proposed custody arrangement. They can get a better idea of the ramifications by discussing their plans with their respective attorneys.

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