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Bird nesting: A good temporary child custody arrangement

Divorce is hard enough for Riverside parents. Imagine how difficult it could be for the kids. Many parents do what they can to lessen the anxiety and other emotional fallout from the kids finding out that their parents will no longer be together. More parents are beginning to use bird nesting as a temporary child custody arrangement in order to give their children some time to adjust to their new family dynamic.

Bird nesting allows the children to remain in the family home while the parents rotate in and out on a schedule. Realistically, the parents share a second living location -- perhaps an apartment -- that they each live in while the other is with the children in the family home. This allows the children to retain some continuity in their lives during the divorce process.

The children do not have to immediately change schools, go back and forth between the separate homes of their parents or deal with changes in their social lives. They have time to adjust to their new family life while everything else remains pretty much the same. Ordinarily, this arrangement does not last more than a few months since it can be difficult to maintain longer than that.

For Riverside couples contemplating divorce, bird nesting may be a viable child custody option, at least temporarily. The parents may not think that it is necessary to document such an arrangement since it may not be part of the final orders, but that could be a mistake. Instead, it would be a good idea to document the agreement to protect the parents and the children.

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