Will the new year include a new child custody plan?

In addition to shopping for gifts and planning holiday parties, you might be one of many Ohio parents who are also preparing for divorce proceedings before the new year. Your children’s well-being will no doubt be a central focus. One of the issues you must resolve is child custody, including physical custody (where they will live) and legal custody (decision-making authority). If you’re not opposed to thinking outside the box or trying a unique arrangement, and you get along well (or well enough) with your ex, you might consider incorporating a bird nesting arrangement into your new child custody plan. One of the benefits of this type of agreement is that you won’t have to sell your house after finalizing your divorce because your children will live in it full-time, and you and your ex will take turns living with them. Here’s how bird nest child custody works In a bird nest custody plan, your kids keep living in the home you all shared during your marriage. You and your ex will create a rotating schedule and take turns living with the kids. The schedule is up to you. You might want to switch off every week or every three to six weeks, whichever best fits your family’s needs. Where do you live when it’s not your turn? When it’s not your turn for custody, you, of course, will need to have a secondary residence. To save money, you and your ex can agree to rent a small studio apartment. [...]

Shared Parenting at the Holidays

PLEASE TAKE OUR ONE-MINUTE SURVEY How are you dealing with your shared parenting schedule during this holiday time? We want to know! Please take this 1-minute survey. It could help other parents by giving them a glimpse of how other families handle the situation. All survey responses are 100% anonymous. The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time for parents who are going through a custody battle. Not only are they dealing with the stress and emotions of the situation, but they also have to figure out how to balance their time with their children and make sure that they get to spend the holidays with their family. As a law firm that deals with custody cases, we understand the difficulties that parents are facing during this time of year. We also know that it’s important for children to be able to spend time with both of their parents during the holidays, so we have some tips and advice for parents who are trying to navigate the custody process during this time. First and foremost, it’s important for parents to communicate with each other and try to come to a mutually-agreeable custody arrangement. This can be difficult, especially if there are a lot of hard feelings between the parents, but it’s important for the sake of the children. If the parents are unable to come to an agreement on their own, a mediator can help facilitate the process and come up with a plan that works for both parties. [...]

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