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What’s bird’s nest parenting and how does it work?

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2024 | Family Law |

One of the most important decisions parents of minors have to make when they split up is what type of parenting arrangement they’re going to use moving forward. There are several that are common, but they aren’t the only ones that are possible.

For example, bird’s nesting is an uncommon parenting arrangement, partially because it requires the parents to move frequently. In this arrangement, the children remain in one home while the parents rotate in and out of that home.

Benefits of bird’s nest parenting

One of the main advantages of bird’s nest parenting is the stability and security it offers to children during a tumultuous time. By maintaining a single, consistent home environment, children may better adjust to the changes in their family dynamics. This arrangement can also help preserve children’s routines. They can maintain their connections to their local community, schools and friends.

Another significant benefit is the emphasis on co-parenting and collaboration. Bird’s nest parenting requires communication and cooperation between parents, which can foster a more positive post-divorce relationship. This cooperative spirit can be beneficial for the emotional health of the children and the parents because it reduces conflict and provides a model of teamwork and problem-solving.

Considerations for bird’s nest parenting

While bird’s nest parenting has advantages, there are several important considerations to remember. The cost can be a significant factor because maintaining the family home while also funding one or two additional living spaces for the rotating parents can be financially challenging. This arrangement may not be feasible for all families, especially those struggling with the financial impact of a divorce.

Bird’s nest parenting demands considerable commitment and flexibility from both parents. It requires them to put their children’s needs above their own and maintain a cooperative and respectful relationship. This level of cooperation may be difficult for some families, especially in the immediate aftermath of a separation or divorce.

Because of the intense cooperation needed for this arrangement to work, addressing the ins and outs of the situation in one’s parenting plan is critical. It should outline everything necessary for this situation to work, including terms for financially supporting the nest, conflict resolution and any other matters that are important.