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Should a parent live with an ex after divorce?

On Behalf of | May 11, 2023 | Divorce

When two Pennsylvania parents decided to part ways, they no doubt want to do so in a way that is least disruptive to their children. Kids are typically resilient and adapt well to life changes when they are certain of the love and guidance of their parents. Still, divorce is never easy, and concerned parents may benefit from trying some innovative ideas regarding child custody.

Studies show that children cope best with divorce when they’re able to maintain a sense of normalcy and routine in their daily lives. Many parents have accomplished this through a process they call “bird nesting.” This is a creative type of co-parenting, where children continue to live in the family home that was shared during marriage and parents take turns living there with them.

Various bird nesting options are available after divorce

When two former spouses get along well and want to provide as much family atmosphere for the children as possible following a divorce, they might decide to keep sharing their marital home. While most parents who participate in a bird-nesting plan take turns living with their children in the family home, some parents share their home outright, perhaps cordoning off separate areas to have privacy. Setting boundaries and ground rules (such as restrictions about inviting new romantic partners into the home or who will be financially responsible for repairs and maintenance) helps avoid disputes.

How to resolve child custody problems in a bird nesting environment

If legal complications arise while a set of parents is practicing a bird nest child custody arrangement, it is best to seek additional support to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. The child custody arrangement is typically incorporated into the divorce and serves as the basis for dispute resolution. An experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney can review an agreement and determine options for achieving a fair solution to a custody problem.