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What Is Nesting And Could It Work For Your Family Post-Divorce?

You may have heard of nesting but not quite understand what it is.

If you are currently divorcing or expect to divorce your spouse in the near future and you have children together, you should strongly consider how the split will impact them. Nesting could help reduce that effect.

What is nesting?

Nesting is a co-parenting method used by some divorcing couples to ease the transition into post-divorce life for their kids. It involves keeping the family home and allowing the children to keep just one dwelling while the parents shuffle in and out according to a schedule that works for everyone involved. For example, mom may have the kids and reside in the former family abode Monday to Wednesday and on alternate weekends while dad has the minors Wednesday to Friday and alternating weekends.

Benefits of nesting include:

  • Minimal disruption to children’s routine
  • Saving costs on purchasing double wardrobes, toys and furniture for kids
  • Minimizing stress by retaining the house rather than preparing and selling it

Which families can benefit from nesting?

Families in which both guardians can cooperate and respect one another could find nesting beneficial. If your divorce seems relatively amicable nesting may work for your particular situation. On the other hand, if you and your spouse are battling in court over every minute detail of your separation, nesting may not work for you.

Minimizing the emotional toll that divorcing parents can have on children is typically a high priority for any family. Nesting could help make the transition a bit smoother for those sensitive minors.