Navigating the divorce process is rife with challenges, but so rebuilding your life after the ink dries on the paperwork can be more work. Particularly if you have children with your ex-spouse, you will need to continue to raise your children with him or her after the divorce in the majority of instances.
Figuring out your living situation after divorce is a big challenge. In response to this, many American families are experimenting with alternative living situations. One of these living situations that is increasing in popularity is nesting.
What is nesting?
In the traditional post-divorce arrangement with joint custody, the parents will set up separate households within reasonable commuting distance of each other. Then, the parents will proceed to switch off custody of the children. The children will move between households as the custody arrangement dictates.
With nesting, the children will stay in one domicile and do not move. This is the origin of the living arrangement’s namesake: the children stay in one home the same way that baby birds stay in one nest. Instead of the children doing the moving, the adults rotate in and out of the family home.
Where do the parents live?
There is always one parent in the family home with the children at all times. The off-duty parent may choose to stay with other family or friends when he or she is not in the home. For longer-term nesting arrangements, it is not unusual for the parents to rent an apartment. The parent that is not in the family home will reside in the jointly-rented apartment.