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Nesting Divorce Becoming More Common Among Couples with Children

 Posted on August 03, 2017 in Child Custody

DuPage County family law attorneysFamilies have changed significantly over the last several years, and that includes the way that they do divorce. In fact, one trend is gaining some serious momentum among divorcing parents. Known as birdnesting, or just nesting, it is a parenting plan that bucks all things traditional. The following can help you understand this new way of parenting after divorce, and it can help you decide if it may be the right option for your family.

What is a Nesting Divorce?

In a traditional divorce, one parent might keep the home and the children might go and visit the other parent at their home. In a nesting divorce, the children keep the home (so to speak). They reside there full-time, and then parents take their turns rotating in and out of the home to care for the children. Some couples also have a joint apartment where each one stays while the other is with the children.

Pros and Cons of a Nesting Divorce

While every parenting plan has its own set of pros and cons, those in birdnesting divorce are highly unique. Couples share living space, household chores, and may even sleep in the same bedroom, just at different times. While, on one hand, this could help each party save money (depending on the situation), it requires a great deal of cooperation and respect for one another's privacy and personal space. Schedules can also become a bit more complicated in a birdnesting divorce, especially if parties are also sharing a joint apartment.

However, many couples find that the pros greatly outweigh the cons. In fact, many say their children adjust better after divorce, and they may experience fewer emotional issues because they are not uprooted, and their schedules often resemble their pre-divorce schedules. Another major benefit is that couples can slowly transition to a living arrangement that is more suitable as their children grow; after all, birdnesting may not be needed until they are adults.

Deciding if Birdnesting is Right for Your Family

Only you can decide which parenting plan option is most appropriate for your family, but Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC can help you understand the potential benefits and consequences of your choices. We can also guide you through the divorce and parenting plan process to help mitigate against any issues. Schedule a personalized consultation with our DuPage County divorce lawyers to get started. Call 630-665-2500 today.


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