Two of the biggest issues with a separation often involve the disruption of a child’s current living environment and the financial strain one party moving out may cause on the family’s finances. Parents often raise concerns about the challenges they will face with moving a child from home to home and the challenge of making a second home payment. If you are struggling to pay your rent or home mortgage now, how will you be able to afford the cost of one parent renting an apartment or even a home that will accommodate the children on a temporary basis?
Some parents, with the help of attorneys, choose to be creative with their arrangements and decide that a “nesting” schedule may provide them with the ability to keep their children relatively stable in the current home environment, while reducing the financial stress a second home payment would create. In a nesting custody arrangement, parents take turns staying in the family residence while keeping the children in their home every day. This allows the children to keep their daily routine.
Is a Nesting Custody Arrangement Right for You?
Creating a nesting custody arrangement can be difficult.
First, not everyone has the ability to find a place to live on a temporary basis. While some people have family and close friends nearby, others may not have such an option. Additionally, many people feel uneasy about a separation that does not provide each parent with their own personal space.
Still, for some families the nesting custody arrangement provides a solution that affords stability for both their children and their wallets.
Establishing a Nesting Custody Arrangement in Maryland
In Maryland, parties with children need to be separated for 12 months before they can file for divorce on no-fault grounds. While a nesting custody arrangement may not work for the duration of the separation period, it may be a good way for you and your children to adjust to your family’s new life.
At Andalman & Flynn, we understand the importance of finding creative solutions to difficult problems that may impact your family and your finances. We can help you through all aspects of your divorce, including coming up with a nesting custody arrangement that works for all parties involved. We also offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to assist you in getting through your divorce as peacefully as possible.
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