Nesting is a unique way of sharing custody. With nesting, both parents continue to maintain and live in the marital home. There are different ways to make this happen.

One example would be if both parents have separate apartments but maintain the marital home for their child. Their child will always remain there, but the parents will switch out on the days that they have custody. Another possible way to handle nesting after divorce is to have both parents on the property but in different parts of the home. For instance, if there is a mother-in-law suite, perhaps one parent will live there while the other lives in the main home.

Nesting can be great for children, but it won’t work for everyone

Nesting has the potential to be great for children, because it eliminates the need to move between homes or to leave the family home. Their routines can stay the same, and they will always have one of their parents in the home that they remember.

Nesting does have downsides, though. It costs a lot to nest, since both parents have to maintain a separate residence in the majority of cases. You’ll have to maintain the marital home and your additional property, which can get costly. It also means that you won’t be able to sell your marital home, which may be where much of your divorce compensation would come from.

For some people, nesting is the right choice. It’s certainly something that you can discuss with your spouse and attorney during your divorce.