Child custody is one of the biggest concerns that Ohio parents face following divorce. However, one new trend may make the transition easier on children. 'Birdnesting" is a term used to describe a living situation in which both parents share a residence but live separately. The children stay in the shared home while the two parents alternate living there as well.
Experts say that birdnesting is often a temporary solution that's more beneficial when it only takes place for a few months during or after a divorce. Longer periods of birdnesting may result in children developing unhealthy expectations of reconciliation. In addition, birdnesting for long periods of time does not allow for a gradual acceptance of shared custody arrangements.
It's important to remember that parents can still provide a safe and loving home for children in shared custody situations. In order to do this, it is recommended that children be given a routine that includes expectations and consequences. Kids should also be allowed to continue attending the same school. To prevent unhealthy conflict, parents are cautioned against fighting in front of children. Furthermore, children should be encouraged to develop stronger bonds with extended family members of both parents. This could strengthen the family bond as a whole.
Because child custody issues and home arrangements can be difficult decisions to make for parents in a divorce, many couples turn to the assistance of a family law attorney for help. Legal counsel can provide parents with guidance regarding child custody and other orders issued by a court.