Would bird’s nest parenting work for your family post-divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Family Law

If you’re a divorcing parent with minor children, typically the primary concerns are the custody of the children and what should be done with the family home. Families are unique, with their own problems, strengths and weaknesses. So, why should they settle for cookie-cutter solutions in their divorce?

They shouldn’t. And sometimes the best way to resolve your divorce dilemmas is to step outside of the proverbial box and try a different approach.

What is bird’s nest parenting?

It’s nicknamed “bird’s nest parenting” because, much like male and female birds tending to a nest full of newborns, the human parents move in and out of the house rather than the children. A major upside to this plan is that it is far less disruptive to the kids, who get to remain in their own beds, rooms, home, neighborhood and school system. It’s also a good choice for special needs children who require expensive medical equipment that insurance won’t cover to duplicate.

But it does have its drawbacks. For one, unless the parents agree to share a home as roommates when they are not with the kids, they are paying for three households. That alone can be a considerable drawback.

What happens when one parent moves on?

The other problem is how the arrangement will work when one or both former spouses begin serious relationships with other partners. How will the adults feel about the shared living space when it includes paramours or even new spouses? That can be too dicey to predict for many people, no matter how civil they may have acted.

Learning more about Minnesota custody laws can help you make the best decisions for your children after your divorce.