There will likely be a considerable amount of change for you and your kids when going through a divorce. One of the most common changes families encounter after a divorce is moving into a new apartment or home. This also means figuring out how to divide or sell the original family home. However, your divorce does not need to play out like this. There is a relatively new trend referred to as nesting that is gaining some traction across the country.
What is nesting?
Nesting is a new custody option that divorced parents are looking into to create a sense of stability in their kids’ lives. This custody situation is beneficial to the children because instead of having to alternate going to each parent’s house, they get to stay in the family home. This means that the parents will rotate in and out of the home based on the custody schedule. Both parents will also have to find an apartment or house for themselves when they are not spending time with the children. Having to find a new living space is one of the downsides of this option, but there are many positives as well.
Consistent home life
One major benefit for the children is being able to stay in the family home. The kids will keep their same room and won’t have to pack up their things each week. This means they also won’t have to worry about forgetting their favorite toys or games at the other parent’s house.
Stable social circles
Because the children get to stay in the same house, they will also be able to keep attending the same school. This means they will get to maintain their relationships with their friends, which can help them adjust to this new situation. This may actually be the most important benefit for the children, as being the new kid in school is difficult enough without also having to deal with your parents divorcing.
If you believe that nesting might be a good custody alternative for your family, consider speaking with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer can provide some additional insight into this option and can help ensure the custody agreement meets your needs and expectations.