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What is nesting?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2022 | Family Law |

Nesting is one of the housing options available to parents going through a divorce. It offers unique benefits to the children of divorce.

At the same time, it is not the ideal situation for everyone, and it requires several things from both parents in order to work. Will it suit your unique situation?

Defining bird nesting

Divorce Mag takes a look at bird nesting and what it means. Bird nesting gets its name from the way birds raise their young, allowing the babies to stay within the nest while the parents take turns visiting it instead.

Compared to this, typical divorce arrangements force the child to travel back and forward between their parent’s homes. This creates stress and disruption to an already disrupted life and can make it harder for a child to settle down in the aftermath of divorce.

What you need to make it work

However, in order to provide this stability, the parents of the child must agree on this housing arrangement. It is important for both parents to have enough trust in one another to make leaving their ex-spouse alone in the family home for stretches of time possible.

On top of that, both parents also need to have the means for two separate living accommodations. After all, they can no longer live in the family home twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It is up to each person to decide how they want to gain these accommodations, whether through renting smaller units or staying with family or friends.

If it is possible to get this situation to work, it can offer numerous and valuable benefits to the child of divorce.