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Bird nesting may be an option for some couples getting a divorce

Every couple decides to merge lives and residences at different stages of their relationship and often for different reasons. When a relationship ends, couples tend to go their separate ways and establish separate places to live, but some couples with children are choosing to maintain the family home together. New Jersey parents who are considering a divorce may be interested in the new trend called bird nesting.

A new sitcom called "Splitting Up Together" is resulting in some laughs for audiences, but it is a reality for many couples. Bird nesting involves a couple maintaining the family home to allow children to remain in place with the attempt to affect the children's lives as little as possible. Instead, each spouse has a separate residence to live when it is not their turn with the children. In the process, many couples also find that bird nesting allows them to slowly separate their intertwined lives.

Although it is good for some families, it is not for all situations. For the living arrangement to work, a couple must be able to communicate, agree to some rules and have schedules that align with a parent being able to be with the children when it is his or her allotted time in the family home. Couples are more likely to succeed if boundaries are established, respect of the former spouse is maintained around children and expectations are clear on house maintenance and financing.

The decision to obtain a divorce is just the first of many decisions. Some decisions are small, such as dividing up possessions. Others are much more complex, such as living arrangements, child custody and the division of finances. The right family law attorney in New Jersey can help advise and negotiate for a client's best interests throughout the process.

Source: CNBC, "This hot Hollywood divorce trend may not be for you", Lorie Konish, April 16, 2018

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