When Minnesota couples divorce, one of the biggest decisions they face is where to live once the split is finalized, particularly when they have children. One new trend is called bird nesting, and it’s currently featured on a new television show.

Bird nesting involves raising children in one home and having the parents take turns living in it. The concept is featured on the ABC comedy “Splitting Up Together,” which stars Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson as parents who switch off living in the family home with their kids.

According to experts, there are upsides and downsides to this type of living arrangement. One of the advantages includes not being rushed into moving out of the house, which can allow it to go up in value or let a lease expire. Another benefit is that it offers children the stability of a single living environment, which can be especially helpful for younger kids or children with special needs. However, the arrangement can be difficult for people who cannot afford to maintain multiple living accommodations. It can also be tough for people who find it difficult to get along with each other. Experts recommend that parents considering bird nesting develop a clear plan for how the arrangement will work, including expenses, household chores, behavior while in the house and the length of time they intend to share the house.

Individuals considering bird nesting may benefit from seeking the advice of a divorce attorney. An attorney may work to protect their client’s interests throughout the divorce process and help negotiate agreements on child custody, child support, spousal support, property division and other important divorce legal issues.

Source: CNBC, “This hot Hollywood divorce trend may not be for you,” Lorie Konish, April 16, 2018