Going through your options as a divorcing parent, you have likely come across the term nesting at least once. But what is nesting, exactly? How does it work, and why does it benefit your child?
It is important to understand aspects of nesting before making any decision, as this option could suit your situation perfectly.
What is required of parents?
Divorce Mag discusses how nesting works. This housing option allows your child to remain permanently in the family home. Instead of bouncing between houses for visitation, you and your co-parent will take turns living in this home with them.
This requires several things of the parents right off the bat. First, you must both have the ability to afford or otherwise obtain housing outside of the family home. You cannot stay in the house while your co-parent is there, so you must afford another living accommodation or have others who are willing to let you stay in their homes for stretches of time.
You must also have a relative amount of trust in one another. After all, you will be leaving each other alone and unattended in the family home for stretches of time. You must have faith that mutual and individual property will get its deserved respect.
Positive impact on children
But if you can make this work, it has a profound positive impact on children. They do not have to worry about additional stressors like moving and making new friends or adjusting to a new living environment. Thus, they can focus on the divorce itself. Many often end up developing healthier coping mechanisms because of this.