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Ohio family law: Nesting, how does it work?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2017 | Family Law

When a couple chooses to have children, they plan on raising those children under one roof until they are ready to leave the nest. When divorce enters the picture, however, for most people this plan is thrown out the window and children are shuffled between the new residences of their parents. What if frequently moving children around could be avoided? Well, it can, but it requires a lot of effort from the parents. Nesting is a living arrangement that is not really recognized under Ohio family law, but it can be an option for those who are wanting to give it a shot.

What is nesting anyway, and how does it work? Nesting is when children remain in the family home and parents come and go based on their custody schedule. This way, children do not have to move between houses, and they do not have to adapt to new environments. They stay in their home and in the neighborhood that they know.

Nesting will require that both parents maintain their own personal residences as well as the family home. This can put a financial strain on both parties, so it may take some creativity to make it work. It can also present some privacy issues. Any problems that do arise can be worked around, but as previously stated, it will just take extra effort on the part of each parent.

Despite some of the drawbacks of nesting, it also has a lot of benefits — particularly for the children. Those who want to learn more about this type of co-parenting arrangement can speak to an experienced family law attorney. Ohio residents who choose to try out this type of parenting plan can, with legal assistance, set the terms and have them included in their divorce agreements.

Source:, ““Bird’s Nest” Co-Parenting Arrangements“, Edward Kruk Ph.D, Accessed on June 13, 2017