Strictly speaking, everyone qualifies for bird’s nest custody. You see, bird’s nest custody is when the parents take turns residing in the residence, also known as the “bird’s nest,” with their minor child. It differs from more conventional arrangements in which the child shuttles to and from the two residences of his or her parents. Basically, it is a scheme that allows the minor child to stay in the family home and each legal guardian to reside at the property for an agreed-upon period, then leave when they go “off duty.” If you require help determining if this arrangement would work for you, please read on, then contact one of our experienced New Jersey child custody attorneys to learn how you arrange for bird’s nest custody in the state of New Jersey.
Hammering out a bird’s nest custody arrangement in New Jersey
In order to establish a bird’s nest custody arrangement, you must undertake the following steps:
- Determine whether or not this option is realistic: For example, you should decide whether both parents will live nearby and whether your finances can support it.
- Hammer out a custody arrangement in Family Court: Together with you, your spouse and your attorneys, you should set a schedule, describe the changeover, divide the bills, agree on housekeeping and other factors.
- Find living quarters for when you are not living with the child.
- Be prepared to make concerted decisions.
How will bird’s nest custody affect my child?
Bird’s nest custody has a wide range of benefits, but the following are some of the most common:
- The minor child gets to stay in one home, often the home they grew up in
- The minor child can keep his or her school, friends, pets and possessions
- Reduced disruption to the child’s life
- Easier transition to a new normal
- Less hassle for the parents
- Places the burden on the parents and not on the child
If this appeals to you, you should reach out to one of our skilled Morris County family law attorneys to discuss your next steps.
How can a New Jersey family law attorney help arrange bird’s nest custody?
As you may have noticed, the most important aspect of hashing out this sort of custody agreement is communication. Without extensive constructive communication, you simply can’t make this scheme work. Our firm will help act as intermediaries as well as provide guidance. We will also help draft and present the necessary documents and arguments to have this proposal approved by Family Court. Even if your former spouse is amenable, this will be a long, complicated process, so let us handle the legal work. Give us a call today.
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If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.