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Can you make custody arrangements easier?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2022 | child custody |

Child custody and parenting plans are complicated, and separating one household into two can be expensive. This is why many Birmingham, Michigan, divorcing parents have been “nesting” over the past few years.


Over the past decade nesting has exploded in popularity. Essentially, nesting refers to the practice of divorcing spouses maintaining their children in the family home. This means that they do not sell their home during or even after the divorce. Instead, they keep it to maintain their child’s life as it was pre-divorce. As for the parents, the parent that is caring for the child at the home lives at the home. For the non-caring parent, they can stay in the same home, in a separate structure on the property, in a separate shared apartment, with family or whatever other arrangement works for the parents.


For the Birmingham, Michigan, children, the benefits of nesting are clear: their lives remain the same pre-divorce and post-divorce. The only change to their lives is that their parents now parent separately. However, the rest of their lives is the same, which can eliminate many of the negative mental health effects of divorce. For parents, it can make the transition from one life, together, to two separate lives much easier and cheaper. There is no haste to sell or buy anything, no need to move anything significant, etc.

The downside

Sharing bills and space with an ex-spouse is only possible for amicably divorcing couples. And, it is still not recommended for all amicable divorcees because of the amount of cooperation and interaction required. Realistically, nesting for any length of time is only recommended for those couples that can truly still work and, to some extent, live together. If this is you, then nesting can be a truly liberating way to divorce in Birmingham, Michigan.