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What is 'nesting' when it comes to child custody?

Most parents want to make decisions that are in the best interests of their family, even if it means getting a divorce. Even where parting ways is the best option for Colorado parents, there is no doubt that children have a difficult time when their parents are no longer in a relationship with one another. One of the most important ways to ensure children have as smooth a transition as possible from a two-parent household to a one-parent one is to keep the split amicable and low-conflict as possible. Some parents are beginning to think "nesting" is one way to achieve an amicable divorce.

Nesting is a type of child custody arrangement. The family residence remains the main house where the children live and the parents rotate in and out of the house, rather than children going from one house to another. This ensures little disruption for the kids and they can continue to live in the same environment they were in before their parents divorced.

Having three homes is not financially possible for most people, so parents usually keep the family home and then share another smaller residence that they rotate in and out of. While nesting allows children to benefit socially by remaining in the same school and near the same friends, there are cons to this arrangement. Parents will be sharing physical space with one another on a regular basis and this can prevent them from moving on. It can also cause children confusion and make the future unclear for them. Many experts state that nesting should only be a short-term arrangement, perhaps lasting no longer than three months.

There are a number of child custody options available to parents who are trying to keep their children's best interests in mind when divorcing. What works for one, though, might not work for the other. It might be helpful to explain one's situation to an experienced attorney and find a solution that works for everyone.

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