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There are many different ways to co-parent. The Florida family court will usually work with you to find what works best for you and your situation and allow you to do it how you want as long as it will not harm your children. One option you may not have considered before is called bird’s nest co-parenting, which according to Psychology Today, is where you keep the family home and the children live there full time while you and the other parent take turns living there.

It is like a reversal of the traditional set up usually done in these situations. Commonly, you and the other parent would maintain separate residences and the children would go back and forth based on the visitation schedule. In a bird’s nest scenario, the children’s lives are less interrupted. They get a more stable environment.

You and the other parent can each maintain separate homes where you live during the times you are not with the children in the family home or you could have one home where you live when the other is at the family. It just depends on what works for you.

Of course, this situation will not work for every family, especially if you or the other parent remarries. In addition, it may not be feasible financially for some families. However, it does not have to be permanent. It has been shown to be beneficial even if it is done only for a short time to allow the children to adjust to the new family dynamics. This information is for education and is not legal advice.