Divorcing parents often want to know what they can do to make the situation easier for their child to understand and handle.
Unfortunately, there is not much that can change the impact of the divorce itself. However, you can take steps to make the aftermath more bearable. Nesting is one such way to do so.
How does nesting work?
Divorce Mag takes a look at nesting as an option. This housing situation allows you to provide your child with much more stability and familiarity than a traditional visitation situation. In a traditional scenario, your child would spend some time at your home with you and some time at your co-parent’s home with them.
While this works out well for co-parents, it is a struggle for children. They have to worry about adapting to a whole new city, potentially a new school, and a new house. They also have to worry about making new friends and the possibility of not being at one parent’s home when social activities are ongoing.
With nesting, your child will stay in the family home instead. You and your co-parent will take turns living there with them. This allows them the stability and familiarity of their home. They do not have to readjust to a new life elsewhere, so they can focus their attention on adjusting to life after the split.
What do you need to do?
This requires some extra work from you and your co-parent. You must both be able to afford two separate forms of housing, or have some other means of obtaining that. You also need to trust one another to respect each other’s items and boundaries. If you can manage that, this option may do wonders.