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bird's nest custody

Definition of bird's nest custody

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Bird's nest custody is a specific form of joint custody. Birds' nest custody arrangements are arrangements in which, rather than having the children go from one parent's house to the other parent's house, the parents move in and out of the house that the children constantly reside in. The general reason for using this arrangement rather than a more commonly used arrangement is so that the burden of upheaval and moving is placed on the parents rather than the child/children.

Other forms of custody

  • alternating custody - an arrangement whereby the child/children live for an extended period of time with one parent, and then for a similar amount of time with the other parent. While the child/children are with the parent, that parent retains sole authority over the child/children.
  • joint custody - an arrangement whereby both parents have legal custody and/or both parents have physical custody.
  • sole custody - an arrangement whereby only one parent has physical and legal custody of a child.
  • split custody - an arrangement whereby one parent has full time custody over some children, and the other parent has full custody over the other children


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