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Looking at nesting as an alternative custody arrangement

When Tennessee parents are going through the divorce process, the children often get caught up in the changes that are being made to the family structure. Many children who have divorcing parents face a future that they have no control over, which can make it difficult to deal with, especially because they may no longer see as much of each parent as they are accustomed to.

To help the kids adjust to a new family structure, some parents have turned toward a co-parenting arrangement called nesting. For this arrangement, the kids stay in the family home while each parent spends a certain amount of time with them. When a spouse does not have custody, he or she leaves the family home and goes elsewhere while the other parent comes back and takes charge of the kids.

As with all types of shared parenting arrangements, there are positives and negatives to this method. The arrangement allows kids to stay in their home, meaning they do not have to make a big move every time custody changes. The routine itself does not change, and the kids get to continue to have close relationship with both of their parents. On the other hand, children may find it difficult to accept that their parents' relationship is over. This arrangement may also become impractical when parents start new relationships with other people.

Although many divorce cases can be complicated, others are amicable. In these instances, divorcing parents who are able to work together to resolve their child custody case can look for alternatives to traditional shared parenting arrangements. A family law attorney may work with a parent to come up with an arrangement that works for everyone involved. In the shared parenting agreement, the attorney may draft a custody schedule so that the parent still has the ability to maintain a strong relationship with his or her children.

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