Virtually all parents who decide to divorce worry about how the process might affect their children. One way to minimize stress for kids is to maintain as much stability as possible as a Florida divorce moves forward. Nesting is one option, and works by keeping the kids in the family home while the parents rotate in and out on a schedule.
Nesting can be a good option for parents who are moving forward with an amicable divorce. Especially if both parties agree that focusing on the needs of the children is a shared priority. It allows kids to adjust to the news of divorce without having to also come to terms with new living arrangements and perhaps a new school.
The downsides of nesting center on the degree of collaboration needed to maintain the parental housing schedule. Some couples decide to also share an apartment when they are not in the family home, which avoids the need to pay for three separate households. That approach, however, can lead to tensions regarding running two households.
For some in Florida, temporary nesting a good solution. Parents can agree on a timeframe for the unusual living arrangement, so that everyone in the family knows what to expect. That gives kids time to adjust, and doesn’t place undue burdens on parents. It can also be a good way for divorcing parents to limit expenses in the months after their split. The key to success lies in clear communication and a willingness to be understanding if and when issues arise.