Child custody and housing options

Portrait of smiling daughter wrapped in blanket with mother at lakeside

Often child custody is only given to one parent, and the other receives visitation rights. Visitation rights will allow a parent visitation on every other weekend, plus Wednesday evenings, and a portion of a special holiday from the year.

However, some states have now realized that creating a meaningful relationship with a parent will require joint custody if it is in the best interest of the child. Joint custody will allow both parents to care and take responsibility when making key decisions in the interest of the child. Joint custody also allows for more creative housing options for the family.

Nesting – Nesting is a new concept which lets each parent spend time in a single house and will involve the parents shuffling from the main home to another. This arrangement will give the child a stable place to live and go to school. The nesting concept will also allow the child to live in a primary home.

Residing together – This arrangement involves the divorced parents living in the same home and functioning from two different bedrooms. However, this situation will only work smoothly if both parents are open-minded and able to co-exist. But this living situation can become complicated if one parent decides to date.

House-sharing – House sharing involves two single mother’s sharing a home and raising their kids together. This concept allows both mothers to reduce expenses for child care and living expenses. It also can help a single mother to transition with ease as they can get advice and assistance from another adult.