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Bird nesting shows heightened parental responsibility

Some parents have decided to have the children stay in the family home after their marriages end. Parental responsibility takes on a new meaning in certain divorce situations in Florida where the children actually stay put and their parents have separate apartments. If it is financially feasible, experts say the children benefit from this sort of situation. The parents are the ones who share the home with the children on a rotating basis and move their things in and out when they leave.

Bird nesting or simply, nesting, as it's known, is a 21st century way of keeping the family unit somewhat intact after parents separate or divorce. It is based on how birds manage their young. Mature birds are the ones who leave the nest and return with what their nestlings need.

In similar fashion, the kids stay in the home while their parents, although separated or divorced, take turns caring for them. Experts say this type of set up is much less stressful on the children (most of whom are averse to any drastic changes in their routines). It is actually becoming quite common, especially since the conscious uncoupling movement.

If former spouses can be somewhat amicable toward each other, nesting may be the answer for both them and their children. Parents have a parental responsibility to do what is in the best interests of their children. A Florida family law attorney can help a client understand how the law views children and divorce. The lawyer can also offer advice on fashioning a co-parenting plan that suits the needs of the client.

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