As divorcing parents, you want to provide the most stability for your child during this difficult time. One of the best ways to do that is through nesting.
But how does nesting work in general? And how do you know if it will be a good fit for your family?
Breaking down nesting basics
As Divorce Mag discusses, there are numerous benefits to nesting. But first: what is nesting? This form of housing after divorce gets its name from the way that birds tend to handle raising their young. The baby birds stay in the nest until they are old enough to leave, while the parents take turns bringing food and visiting.
Likewise, in a nesting situation after divorce, your child will remain in the family home. This contrasts with the usual methods of visitation, in which a child spends part of their time with one parent and part with the other.
The benefits for your child
However, that traditional form of visitation often creates more trouble for the child. Not only do they have to adjust to the divorce itself, but they also have to adjust to an entirely different environment. They have to worry about making new friends, familiarizing themselves with a new place and even attending a new school on top of everything else.
Nesting takes that extra stress away from them, allowing them to focus entirely on readjusting after the divorce. It may pose a strain for parents at first, but if you and your co-parent trust one another to respect each other’s belongings and you have the ability to find additional housing, it is a potentially great option to consider.