In this episode, Susan Guthrie speaks with Beth Behrendt, a divorced mother to three boys who has successfully followed a nesting custody arrangment with her ex for six years about how the arrangement has helped to make her restructured family stronger than ever!

When parents are facing separation and/or divorce, they often assume that establishing two separate households that their children will move between is a pre-ordained conclusion.  But what if that isn't the case?  What if your children's lives could continue almost without change, and the parents could be the ones to make the move?  That is "birdnesting" and for guest, Beth Behrendt and her family, the arrangment has been the key to their success as a new type of family following the divorce six years ago!  Amazingly, Beth's three boys have never left their family home as Beth and her ex have moved in and out of the home to parent them.  Along the way, Beth has discovered that there are several upsides beyond the lack of disruption to her children's lives that come from the nesting arrangment that make it even more appealing.  She shares all of these upsides, and some of the downsides to be aware of, in this eye-opening episode!

More about this week's Special Guest:  Beth Behrendt is a freelance writer and mom to three boys and has been nesting with her ex for almost six years. Since the couple first separated, their sons have never left the family home -- Bill and Beth take turns moving in and out to parent them. Nesting has made them a stronger, happier family than ever before.

You can contact Beth and find out more here:

  • Website #1

    familynesting.org
  • Website #2
    bethbehrendt.com
  • Social Media Handles 
    IG @bethbehrendt 775
    Twitter @familynesting
    Twitter @bethbehrendt
    FB @familynesting
    FB @writerbethbehrendt
    LinkedIn Beth Behrendt

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Get a copy of Ben Heldfond and Nikki DeBartolo's book, "Our Happy Divorce" mentioned by Susan in the episode, on Amazon and listen to the special two-part episode of The Divorce & Beyond Podcast with Ben and Nikki here:

OHD Episode One

OHD Episode Two

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SUSAN GUTHRIE, ESQ., the creator and host of The Divorce and Beyond Podcast, is nationally recognized as one of the top family law and divorce mediation attorneys in the country.  She is one of the Co-Chair's of the American Bar Association's DR Section Mediation Committee and is the Founder of Divorce in a Better Way which provides a curated selection of resources and information for those facing divorce and other life changes.  Susan has created a website of curated resources for those facing divorce.  Find out more at www.divorceinabetterway.com.

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This webinar is focused specifically on the fundamentals of setting up a mediation process for parties facing divorce and other family law issues. Susan Guthrie, one of the leading family law and mediation attorneys in the country, shares her practice tips for providing a superior mediation experience to clients while also meeting your needs as a practitioner. 

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