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3 considerations for bird’s nest parenting

Bird’s nest parenting, an innovative approach to co-parenting after a divorce or separation, focuses on providing the children stability by allowing them to remain in the family home. At the same time, the parents rotate in and out. 

This arrangement can minimize the disruption and emotional stress often associated with traditional custody arrangements. However, several key considerations must be addressed for effective bird’s nest parenting.

1. Accommodations for the parent away from the nest

One primary consideration is ensuring suitable accommodations for the parent not in the family home. Parents may share one place away from the nest or they may each have their own. It’s up to the parents to determine what type of arrangement works best for their specific situation. 

2. Paying the bills for the nest

Financing the family home is another crucial aspect of bird’s nest parenting for parents to agree on. This includes mortgage or rent payments, utilities, maintenance and other household expenses. Parents need to agree on how these costs will be shared. It’s essential to consider each parent’s financial capability and create a fair system that doesn’t burden one parent over the other.

3. Fate of the home once the children are adults

Decisions need to be made regarding whether the house will be sold if one parent will take it over, or if it will be kept for another purpose. This decision should be part of the initial agreement and consider both parents’ long-term financial implications and personal desires. Planning for this eventuality can prevent conflicts and confusion, ensuring a smooth transition once the children are adults.

Bird’s nest parenting can be beneficial for both children and parents post-divorce or separation, but it requires careful planning and consideration. This approach demands cooperation, communication, and a willingness to compromise, but when executed well, it can provide a stable and nurturing environment for children during a challenging time. Parents can make this situation a bit easier by having a comprehensive written agreement for all aspects of the arrangement.