Arizona law generally allows both parents to have relationships with their children after a divorce. However, there are many different ways in which a parenting plan may be structured. Nesting is one method that may work for families that are looking to minimize the chaos that their kids may experience after a divorce.
An overview of the nesting arrangement
Traditionally, children of divorce will split their time between two households. While this ensures that you’ll get to spend quality time with your kids, it also means that your children may experience negative side effects that may come with constant travel. In a nesting scenario, the child stays put while the parents split their time between the family home and an outside home or apartment.
The potential benefits of nesting
Nesting may make it possible to provide your children with a sense of stability in their lives. Staying at home may allow them to stay at the same school, remain employed or be close to their friends. Using this type of child custody arrangement also gives you time to figure out what you want to do with the family home. If you know that the house will be sold, a nesting arrangement gives you time to improve or market the house or take other steps to make it easier to unload in a timely and profitable manner.
If you share children with your spouse, you will need to consider their needs when settling a divorce. This may mean that you’ll need to share custody of your kids, make child support payments or cede control of assets such as the family home to ensure that they have what is needed to thrive.