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Is nesting a good option for the family?

Divorce is a difficult process, and it can be even more painful when children are involved. Tennessee parents who are splitting up and negotiating child custody may be interested in learning about a creative co-parenting arrangement.

This new idea, called nesting, has attracted more attention as attitudes about custody change. More and more fathers want to spend more time with their children, and research shows that involvement from both parents offers many psychological benefits to kids. Nesting is similar to shared custody in that each parent spends an equal amount of time with the children. However, instead of having the kids move between their parents' houses, the children stay in the same place, and their parents go to them. In this arrangement, the kids stay in the marital home, and the parents take turns living there with them.

The benefits of nesting include the stability the children will feel by staying in one place as well as having both parents be involved in their kids' daily lives. However, it is not a permanent solution. Instead, it works best for the difficult transition period. This custody agreement requires both parents to be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to make it work. Most courts are reluctant to mandate a nesting agreement, but they will approve it if both parents are interested and willing to give it a try. Additionally, once the established nesting time is over, a permanent child custody agreement must be set up.

Parents who are considering a nesting agreement might want to consult with lawyers for guidance and advice concerning the rules and regulations involved with this type of custody arrangement. An attorney may also be able to assist parents to negotiate permanent custody agreements that will be ideal long-term options for the family.

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