As a divorcing parent, you likely have two conflicting drives at heart. First, you want time and space away from your ex-spouse and you need to recover from the emotional difficulties that divorce brought about. But second, you want to provide stability and comfort to your child.
Fortunately, there are ways to start bridging the gap between these two very different desires. Nesting is one of them.
How does nesting work?
Divorce Mag takes a good look into bird nesting, a form of co-parenting. It takes its name from the way birds care for their young. The baby bird remains within the nest, while the parents will fly to and from their destinations, bringing back food and items to reinforce the nest with.
Likewise, in a nesting housing situation, your child will permanently stay in the family home. You and your co-parent will instead take turns living in the home with them. One parent will stay in the family home while the other stays elsewhere, and then you will switch according to a custody schedule.
Who can nesting work for?
This can provide extra stability and security for your child, who will not need to readjust to a new location on top of everything else. On the other hand, you must make sure that both parents can take care of the child on their own well, and that no one will harm the house while staying in it.
It is also most possible for people who have the funds to afford extra housing, or who have family members or friends willing to let you stay in their lodgings temporarily. You can consult with legal help to decide if this option will suit you.