While divorces are very emotional and strenuous for parents, they can be equally as difficult for the children. One alternative-parenting schedule is referred to as bird nesting or “nesting.” This type of parenting plan is designed to limit the disruption to the children’s normal schedule after a divorce. Nesting requires the parents to move homes rather than the children. This provides the children with one stable home instead of two.

Nesting in Action

In a nesting arrangement, the parents would switch between the homestead and an additional secondary residence. This means the children continue to reside in the marital homestead full-time. The on-duty parent would reside at the homestead and the off-duty parent would stay in a different location. Parents would switch residences when they switch parenting time. Most of the time, parents will rent an apartment for them to share when it is not their parenting time.

Parents may desire a week on-week off schedule or perhaps, selecting designated days every week and alternating weekends for parenting-time. Like any parenting plan, nesting is specific to the individual needs of a family.

Short-Term Option

Nesting can be a great short-term or transitional option for parenting-time following a divorce. Divorces involve many changes, physically and emotionally, within a small period of time. A few months of nesting can allow parties to regain their footing as single-individuals and allow the kids to adjust to the new family dynamic. This process eases children into a two-household family.

For parents who are divorcing with children nearly adulthood, nesting can be a beneficial option to keep the status quo as the child finishes high school and prepares for college.

Finances

Divorces can be expensive and reestablishing finances post-divorce can be challenging. Nesting offers some financial ease to monthly expenses. Parties can simply maintain the family home and rent a small apartment or studio rather than paying for two family-sized homes. This can offer parties the ability to establish their individual finances.

If you have questions about nesting, custody, or divorce, contact our law firm today. Our family law attorneys have handled hundreds of  divorce cases with varying parenting-time arrangements. Contact our office at (763) 323-6555 or submit an online contact inquiry on our website. We are ready to help.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has…

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized divorce attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper