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What is the Child Custody Agreement Known as Birdnesting?

San Diego, CA – In an effort to shield children of divorce from undue hardship, many parents in California are considering a living arrangement known as birdnesting.

Child Custody Agreement: BirdnestingIn a typical custody agreement, both spouses will trade the children half the week or every other week. Some former spouses only get their children every other weekend. But constantly changing houses can be difficult for kids as much as it can inconvenience parents.

Birdnesting is a bit different. With this living arrangement, the children will stay in the house, and each parent will take turns moving in and out of that house until the visitation session is over.

Birdnesting is a fairly new concept in the state of California and divorce lawyer John Griffith of Griffith, Young and Lass serving San Diego, Carlsbad and Leucadia says that there is much to consider.

Comfort First

Griffith says that birdnesting is much easier on children. For one, they get to have their own room where they can keep all their favorite belongings, toys, and clothes. Kids get to live next to their friends, school, and sports clubs, and they don’t have to worry about constantly living out of a suitcase when they’re with either parent.

Parent Convenience

Birdnesting can also be convenient for parents, Griffith says. “Parents don’t have to pack bags for the kids to ensure they have all the essentials for proper visitation. Everything for the kids can be kept in the house’s closets and drawers, and all phone calls and mail can be sent to a single location,” says Griffith.

Separation of Costs

“When it comes to separating costs, that’s when disagreements can manifest,” Griffith warns. He says that parents should split the cost of the house and all utilities down the middle, but details should be worked out by an experienced divorce attorney.

Birdnesting can work for some families, and kids can feel more comfortable when they’re not constantly moving from place to place. However, like all divorce matters, only an experienced family law attorney can help you hammer out the details to make a living arrangement like birdnesting work for you and your family.

To learn more about California law as it pertains to custody agreements, including birdnesting, contact San Diego divorce attorney John Griffith of Griffith, Young and Lass today for a free consultation.

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