What is nesting and could it work for my custody situation?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2017 | Divorce

If you are in the process of getting divorced in Mount Holly, you may be worried about how your children will adjust to their new reality. Many kids find the transition to two separate households difficult and this can affect their lives in many ways. That is why some parents have taken to an idea called “nesting” to minimize the impact of the divorce on their children’s lives.

According to Psychology Today, nesting is a form of co-parenting where the needs of the children come first. The children remain in the family home, or nest, while the parents take turns living there with them. For example, you live in the house with them for one week and then your ex lives there the following week while you stay at a secondary residence.

Whether this situation will work for you will depend largely on your finances and your relationship with your ex. As with any other form of co-parenting, good communication and the ability to share information are keys to nesting. On one hand, you may save money by avoiding having to outfit two different homes with things like clothes, books and toys. On the other hand, it may not be economically feasible for you or your spouse to pay for another residence while still bankrolling the family home.

If you are looking for a way to allow your children to keep their lives, including their belongings, school schedules and daily routines, in place with minimal disturbance, then nesting may be something that you want to consider. This is provided as general information on this topic and is not intended to be legal advice.