Bird's nest custody, a custody arrangement in which the children live in one home and the parents take turns residing there, may be of interest to you and your spouse if you're in the midst of a divorce. This scenario provides stability for your children in a number of ways, even if it's a little inconvenient for you and your spouse. This type of custody is likely worth your consideration, but there are certain scenarios in which it's especially a good idea. Talk to your spouse and consult your respective divorce attorneys to assess whether your situation is right for bird's nest custody. Here are some situations in which this type of custody is especially a good idea.
You Have A Special Needs Child
A divorce can be difficult on every child, and the process of moving from home to home every week can also be a challenge. This is especially true if you have a child with special needs. Some children with special needs have trouble adapting to new environments. For example, a child who has autism may quickly become agitated in certain scenarios. If you've had experiences with your special needs child struggling in different environments and think that a traditional custody arrangement in which your children will split their time between your two homes won't serve the child, consider bird's nest custody.
You Have A Flexible Schedule
Not every parent can easily spend a week in a home with his or her children, and then move into an apartment or shared accommodations with a sibling or friend for another week. However, this may be a suitable arrangement if you have a flexible schedule. Perhaps you travel a lot for work and could set up your trips to take place when you aren't required to be home with your children. Or, maybe you work from home and it's no hassle to have a home office in both locations. A parent with lots of schedule flexibility can often suit the bird's nest scenario well.
You Have Considerable Disposable Income
Bird's nest custody won't necessarily work well for families who are struggling financially. Unless the parents will stay with friends or family members when they're not in the home with the children, this scenario essentially requires the family to own or rent three different houses — one for the kids to reside in and two more for the parents to use when they're not at home. If you and your spouse are affluent, however, and thus have the financial resources to afford this scenario, it may be desirable.
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