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Nesting: A child custody arrangement made to benefit kids

In Massachusetts, when a couple decides to divorce, there are many issues that must be discussed. If they are parents, child custody and support may be important considerations. These types of issues can lead to arguments and anger because the parties do not always agree about what is best for their kids.

Nesting is a new twist on traditional child custody arrangements. The kids involved in their parent's divorce remain in the family home, even after the process is final. Then, the parents rotate living in the home, rather than having the kids change houses each week to visit parents.

There are benefits to this type of arrangement. The kids typically feel comfortable and stress on them is limited. However, there  is a potential downside as well. If the kids need to go through the grieving process while their living circumstances make it appear as if nothing has changed, they may not be able to move past the end of their parents' marriage. 

Parents, when they end their marriage, usually want to do what is best for their kids. This is why many in Massachusetts fight so hard for the right to be with their kids and seek a strong child custody agreement that offers meaningful time with each parent. It is this instinct that has led to the creation of plans such as nesting. While this option is not for everyone, it is one of a number of parenting options that the parties may consider as they work to establish a fair and stable co-parenting plan.

Source: telegram.com, "'Nesting': Letting the kids stay in the home while the divorcing parents move in and out", Fiona Tapp, July 30, 2017

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