When Texas parents decide to divorce, some of the most challenging aspects to deal with can include handling the division of property, including the marital home, as well as child custody issues. Many divorcing parents want to do everything they can to help reduce the emotional burden on their children. Not only is the marital home often one of the largest assets handled in the divorce, but it can also be one of the most emotionally meaningful items for the family, especially children.
One trend that aims to boost a child's stability after a divorce is called bird nesting. This is a form of shared, joint custody in which the children remain consistently in place in the family home while the parents move in and out for their custody time. On their weeks without custody, they either switch in and out of an apartment or find another place to stay.
Bird nesting can also help some parents to address practical issues that arise with real estate and property division. Parents who are renting a home may find it difficult to get out of the lease. On the other hand, those who own a home may need time to arrange a sale or boost their equity. While bird nesting can help a child to adjust after divorce, it is usually a temporary solution before children are transitioned into a more typical joint custody situation.
Divorcing parents may be deeply concerned about how to protect their time with their children as well as any important assets. A family law attorney can work with a divorcing spouse to protect their rights and advocate for their interests.