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What is Nesting?

Nesting is a term used by domestic relations attorneys to describe a situation where the parents share time in the marital residence and the children stay in the marital residence.  It is not uncommon as a short term solution during the pendency of the dissolution or if there are financial or other concerns. A typical nesting arrangement is that Mother will stay in the marital residence on Mondays and Tuesdays and every other weekend and Father will stay int he marital residence on Wednesdays and Thursdays and alternate weekends.  The away parent is responsible for finding alternative arrangements for a place to stay and sleep. This may also be appropriate if one parent works from the marital house.  In that case, the other parent would vacate the home each day while the working parent is conducting business and the "home worker" would vacate the residence each evening. The term "nesting" is derived from the baby birds who remain in the nest while their parents come to and fro.  The father may come in and parent, bring the children food while the mother is away and the mother will bring the children food and provide care while the father is away.  The infant bird is often referred to as a nestling: a bird too young to leave the nest. There are a number of potential pitfalls to this situation.  Special care should be taken to arrange for payment of specific bills or division of those household costs.  Other discussion should be had regarding: food, cleanliness, contingencies for illness and it is best if a timeline is agreed upon in advance. If you have questions about nesting, or any other term that the lawyers use, ASK.  If you do not have an attorney and wish to schedule a consultation about divorce, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at [email protected]  Call 581-MIKE today.

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